Africa: Rotana to manage new five-star hotel in Nairobi
Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region with hotels across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, has signed a hotel management agreement with Mullion Contractors Limited to manage a new five-star hotel and hotel apartments in Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Set to open in 2022, the new property will be situated at Upper Hill, a popular business district in the city of Nairobi.
With 200 hotel rooms and 100 hotel apartments, the upcoming hotels will be operated under the “Rotana Hotels & Resorts” and “Arjaan hotel apartments by Rotana” brands.
The agreement for the new hotel comes a month after Rotana signed up for its first property in the Republic of Zambia. The planned five-star hotel is scheduled for opening in 2021 in the heart of the south-central African country’s capital city Lusaka.
When opened, the new properties in Kenya and Zambia will join the company’s portfolio of operating hotels in the African continent that includes Al Salam Rotana, Khartoum, Sudan; Kin Plaza Arjaan by Rotana at Kinshasa (DR Congo); and Grand Rotana Resort & Spa at Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt).
Commenting on the deal, Chairman Nasser Al Nowais said: “Setting foot in Kenyan market with a five-star hotel and hotel apartments is closely aligned with our vision of strengthening Rotana’s presence in Africa and bolstering our global portfolio further.”
“We will continue to seek new opportunities to offer Rotana’s branded accommodation on the continent that is increasingly becoming popular among tourists and corporate travellers from around the world,” he stated.
Selim El Zyr, the vice chairman, Rotana, said: “With its promising economic growth projections of around 6 per cent, Kenya remains one of Africa’s most buoyant markets and thus offers bright prospects for the hospitality sector.”
“The signing of the hotel management agreement for new hotels in Nairobi’s thriving business district is a key milestone for Rotana. We are optimistic that this strategic step will fuel our ambitious expansion drive in the African continent,” he stated.
Offering guests with all the comforts and the luxury for a pleasant and memorable long stay experience, both hotels in Nairobi will feature key hospitality offerings, including signature dining restaurants, executive lounge, ballroom, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, and generous indoor and outdoor space thoughtfully designed for formal and informal gatherings.
Other amenities will include pool and terraces, as well as a fully equipped fitness & wellness club.
The new hotel and hotel apartments will bring Rotana’s total inventory in Africa to 2,028.
With an eye to capitalizing on the potential of the continent’s burgeoning market for the hospitality sector, Rotana has planned new hotels in Angola, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Tanzania which are scheduled to open by 2022.