Rotana unveils plans to double portfolio

Rotana Hotels is to double its portfolio by 2010 with 53 additional Middle Eastern properties. The chain has signed 11 management agreements for new properties in Jordan, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. It will also manage a further 17 hotels, which are under construction in addition to its existing portfolio of 25 properties. The expansion will boost Rotana Hotels’ current presence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) , Jordan and Qatar and introduce the group to new markets such as Oman, according to Rotana Hotels chairman Nasser Al Nowais. “This is part of our strategic aim to have a property located in every key city in the Middle East and this goal is being steadily achieved through careful long term planning and timely action.” Among the group’s new properties will be the 300-room Centro by Rotana at Sharjah Airport the 400-room five-star Mina Al Arab Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, (both UAE), and the four-star Doha Airport Rotana Hotel, Qatar. All three are due to open in 2009. The group’s first hotels in Oman will be the 300-room Centro by Rotana – Sohar, scheduled to open in 2009, and the five-star Salalah Rotana Resort, which is due to open in 2010 and will have 400 rooms.

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