By Andy Sambidge
Hotel operator inks deal for five new properties in Dubai which are all expected to open by 2018
UAE-based Rotana, the hotel management company, on Sunday announced the signing of 10 new hotels in the UAE, Iran, Tanzania and Sudan.
The company said in a statement that all the new hotels are expected to open their doors before 2020.
Rotana said it has signed five new hotels in Dubai, which will increase the company's total number of properties in the emirate to 20.
A 2017 opening is expected for a 280-room combined in two hotels in the Creek, while a 163-room property will open in All Barsha under the Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana brand the following year.
Rotana will also launch a 528-room hotel under the Rotana Hotels & Resort brand, combined with a 100 room property under the Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana in the Wafi area, also set to open by 2018. The new properties will bring Rotana's total number of rooms in the UAE to 13,518.
"Dubai continues to be a focus market for us and with EXPO 2020 expected to further boost an already strong hospitality market, we plan on widening our footprint in the emirate. The new hotels will enable us to strengthen our market share in high demand areas," said Omer Kaddouri, president and CEO of Rotana.
Rotana also announced its plans to enter the Iranian market with four properties, all of which will be opened under the company's alcohol-free brand Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana.
A new hotel signed in Sudan will mark the arrival of the second Rotana property in the Sudanese capital, following the Al Salam Rotana property in Khartoum. The hotel is set to open its doors by 2019 with 221 rooms. Rotana has also signed on a 249-room project in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam.
Kaddouri added: "The opening of these new hotels in these four markets falls in line with our strategic goal to operate 100 hotels by 2020.
"These are in addition to the properties announced earlier which will open in Turkey, Erbil, Jordan and Qatar. As the Middle East's most successful homegrown hospitality brand, we believe we are well positioned to execute these expansion plans and to venture into new territories."For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.