Rotana Hotel, a leading hotel brand of Middle East, plans to open nine new properties by the end of this year.
The Abu Dhabi-based group that has bagged several world travel awards this year and is busy opening up a myriad of hotels across Middle East. Its first property in Iraq will be ready for guests this summer in Baghdad. It is under construction in the Green Zone and will be ready by 2012.
The Abu Dhabi-based group has its eyes set on Jordan's capital Amman as well. Two properties are in the pipeline, one five-star and the other one could be a Centro. "Our aim is to have a Rotana in each major centre in the Middle East and we're nearly there," said Salem Al Zyr, president and CEO of Rotana. Rotana executives at last year's Arabian Travel Market said that they would open one hotel every 15 days this year.The group's plan is to open 10 more hotels each year until it reaches a portfolio of 70 properties by 2014.