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UAE's Rotana suspends operations at Syria resort

Hotel group says it has stopped services at Afamia Resort due to impact of political unrest

UAE's Rotana suspends operations at Syria resort
Rotanas hotel in Erbil, Iraq. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

UAE-based Rotana Hotel Management Corporation announced on Monday the suspension of its agreement with Afamia Tourist Resort Company for the management of Afamia Rotana Resort in Latakia, Syria.

The hotel group said in a statement that the move came due to the "breakout of political unrest in Syria", adding that it "has placed severe restrictions on Rotana in respect to the operation of Afamia Rotana Resort".

It did not provide any further details.

Afamia Rotana Resort is located at the crossroad of the Near East of Syria, with the property on a peninsula, 2km from the Latakia city centre.

Latakia is Syria's main sea-port on the Mediterranean (186km southwest of Aleppo).

Rotana also operate the Queen Centre Arjaan by Rotana, Damascus, which was not mentioned in the statement.

In 2012, Rotana previously suspended construction of three hotels in Syria as violence and political unrest inside the country worsened.

Rotana currently manages a portfolio of over 70 properties throughout the Middle East.

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