Abu Dhabi’s Rotana to open 14 new hotels by end of 2016

Properties in the GCC, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Democratic Republic of Congo are in the pipeline

PHOTO: Rotana plans to open its first hotel in the Democratic Republic of Congo next year. Credit: Rotana

Rotana, the Abu Dhabi-based hospitality group, is set to open 14 new hotels by the end of next year, it announced.

Alongside strengthening its presence in the Middle East, Rotana also plans to open its first property in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The new hotels will add a total of 3,769 rooms to Rotana’s existing 13,875-strong room count across its property portfolio.

“Rotana has a very robust development pipeline for 2016. By extending the Rotana brand into new cities while also reinforcing our market leadership in the Middle East, we have come closer to realising our ambitious vision of operating 100 hotels by 2020,” commented Omer Kaddouri, president and CEO of Rotana.

The planned property in Kinshasa, DR Congo, is a landmark for the group as it addresses the needs of a rapidly developing market, Kaddouri added. “We look forward to expanding our offering for travellers across Africa,” he said.

The group plans to open the Dalga Residences by Rotana, a 138-room property in Istanbul, later this month.

The coming year will also see Rotana open new properties in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq and Jordan, the company said.

In the first quarter of 2016, the company will launch the City Centre Rotana in Doha, Centro Capital in Doha, Downtown Rotana in Manama, Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana in Riyadh, Centro Shaheen in Jeddah, and Amman Rotana in Jordan.

The second quarter of the year will see the opening of the Vazo Residences by Rotana, Istanbul, and Centro Waha, Riyadh. In the third quarter, the Kinshasa Arjaan by Rotana, Capital Centre Rotana in Abu Dhabi, and Centro Olaya in Riyadh will be opened.

In addition, Rotana will open two properties – Erbil Arjaan and Sulaymaniyah Rotana – in Iraq in the fourth quarter of next year.

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