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Rotana opens first hotel in Iraq Rotana has announced it is opening its first hotel in Iraq under its Arjaan hotel apartments banner. The Erbil Arjaan has 168 fully serviced hotel apartments. Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, said: “The inauguration of the new hotel reinforces our strategic partnership with Malia Group which began nearly six years ago with the opening of the five-star Erbil Rotana, which has since managed to attract more than half a million guests with an annual average occupancy rate of 70%, indicating the region’s tourism potential. “Rotana is committed to contributing to the development of the tourism and hospitality sector in Erbil, and the opening of Erbil Arjaan by Rotana marks a new chapter in our efforts in this direction. We thank all Rotana colleagues who worked hard to make this project a reality.”

The city of Erbil was chosen as the destination to launch the concept based on Rotana’s continued success with its properties in Iraq which also include the five-star Erbil Rotana and Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana. Headquartered in Beirut, Malia Group’s other investments in the hospitality sector include the Erbil Rotana hotel, Magma Square in Sulaimani, Kurdistan, and Natour Development in Enfeh, Lebanon.

DoubleTree to create 704 rooms in Dubai Nakheel has agreed a deal with Hilton to bring 704 new rooms to Dubai under the DoubleTree brand. The two companies signed a management agreement for Nakheel’s 254-room property at Jumeirah Village Triangle and a letter of intent for a new hotel and serviced apartment complex at Deira Islands. Chris Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton, said: “It was great to be able to join Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah in signing our first hotel together with Nakheel during my recent visit to the Middle East. I’d like to thank him and his team for their hospitality and

look forward to watching our partnership develop.” DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Al Khail Avenue will be located at Jumeirah Village and is already under construction with an expected opening date of 2019. It is directly linked to Al Khail Avenue, a major new retail and dining destination by Nakheel Malls, also opening in 2019. The proposed 254-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Residences Deira Islands – a twin tower complex with 250 hotel rooms and 200 serviced apartments – is currently being designed, with delivery expected by 2020. June 2017 HOTEL NEWS ME

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