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Warwick International Opens First Iraq Hotel

By John Lee.

Warwick International Hotels Group (WIH) has opened its portfolio new 300-room Babylon Warwick Hotel in Baghdad.

The company has entered into a contract with Al Ebaa Company to manage the propertly, located on the edge of the Tigris River opposite of the USA Embassy.

According to an announcement from the Groip, the hotel has been fully renovated to meet the international five stars hotel standards to meet the expectations of international travelers.

Facilities include indoor and outdoor Olympic swimming pools, a spa with a Turkish bath, a fitness center, tennis courts, 3 conference rooms with a meeting capacity of up to 750 guests, 6 restaurants and a Cigar bar.

(Source: WIH)

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New 25-Storey Hotel for Basra

By John Lee.

The Basra Investment Commission has reportedly approved a number of projects including the construction of a 25-storey hotel and a shopping mall.

According to a report from Zawya, Commission Chairman Ali Gasib said the luxury hotel would be located near the Shatt Al Arab river, while the shopping facility would be situated next to Basra Sports City.

The project costs were not revealed.

(Source: Zawya)

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Rotana Opens Second Hotel in Iraq

By John Lee.

Hotel management company Rotana has opened its second property in Iraq.

The Karbala Rayhaan is a five-star property in the tourist city of Karbala, which attracts more than 12 million visitors a year.

Omer Kaddouri, executive vice president and chief operating officer, said:

In 2012 Iraq posted a GDP growth rate of approximate 10.2 per cent, making it one of the most promising emerging markets in the region and one that is attracting a great deal of investment. The market holds immense potential for Rotana across a number of entry points as there is a huge unmet demand for quality accommodation and hospitality offerings.

“The opening of the Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana – our second property in Iraq – paves the way for building a wider footprint in the country. Our Baghdad property in the Iraqi capital is due to be completed in 2014.

“Karbala is one of the busiest tourist sites in the region, but the city currently lacks any hotels that offer international standards of accommodation and service. This is a gap that our new hotel will immediately address.

The hotel is the first of Rotana’s Rayhaan brand to open in Iraq, bringing the Rayhaan by Rotana regional hotel portfolio to five – in addition to three hotels in the UAE and one in Makkah.

The 14-storey hotel features 185 rooms and suites, designed in a contemporary style, each offering a stylish and tranquil abode complete with all the facilities and amenities including high speed wireless internet, in-room entertainment with multi-channel satellite television, complimentary coffee and tea facilities and IDD telephone and voicemail.

Guests can enjoy three food and beverage venues – an all-day dining restaurant ‘Al Fardous’, the ‘Al Noor Café’ at the lobby level and a specialty rooftop restaurant called ‘Al Nakheel.’

The hotel also includes a wellness centre, featuring Turkish bath, steam and sauna, Jacuzzi and massage rooms. It also provides a meeting room, fully equipped with the latest business facilities.

(Source: Trade Arabia)

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First Hyatt-Branded Hotel in Iraq

By John Lee.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Claremont Group LLC, a New York-based real estate development company, for a Hyatt Regency hotel in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Expected to open in 2017, Hyatt Regency Sulaymaniyah will be the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Iraq.

Peter Norman, senior vice president, real estate and development, for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, said:

Bringing the Hyatt brand to Iraq is one of the most exciting projects we have in development. Kurdistan is a stable and prosperous area of Iraq, and as a result, the economy is growing and demand for lodging accommodations is rising.

“There is great potential for growth in Iraq and throughout the Middle East, and we look forward to introducing the Hyatt brand to guests visiting the region. Hyatt Regency Sulaymaniyah will offer a full range of services, amenities and dining options to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers.

Alex Lari (pictured) of Claremont Group added:

We are delighted to work with Hyatt on the first Hyatt Regency hotel in the country. We believe the strength of Hyatt’s service and culture, as well as its depth of operational expertise, will bring great value to the new hotel.

Hyatt Regency Sulaymaniyah will offer 210 guestrooms, as well as an all-day dining restaurant, more than 17,500 square feet (1,660 square meters) of meeting and event space, a fitness center, a five-treatment room spa, and three pools. Located in the city of Sulaymaniyah, 210 miles northeast of Baghdad, Hyatt Regency Sulaymaniyah will be the only hotel in Hawary Shar Park, a 240-acre leisure and entertainment park currently under development, which will include a shopping mall, a golf course and zoological gardens.

(Source: Hyatt)

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Downtown Erbil “a Milestone” for Kurdistan

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani kicked off the nearly-$3-billion “Downtown Erbil” project on Sunday, calling the venture that is estimated to create 35,000 jobs and transform the face of the Kurdish capital, “a milestone for the Kurdistan Region.”

This project will be a source of pride and a source of income for thousands of families,” Barzani said at a commencement ceremony with Mohamed Alabbar, head of Dubai’s Emaar Properties, which is leading the project and hopes to finish it in around five years.

Barzani said that the 133-acre “Downtown Erbil” — which envisions the capital’s largest shopping mall, five-star hotels, apartment towers, schools and healthcare facilities — “is a milestone for the Kurdistan Region.

He added that the development marks a turn in Kurdistan, a three-province autonomous Kurdish enclave of five million in northern Iraq whose economy is booming and which posted a whopping 12-percent economic growth last year.

Downtown Erbil will be a true hub for business and tourism in Erbil,” Alabbar told a gathering of government ministers, foreign diplomats, Erbil governor Nawzad Hadi and many businessmen attending the inauguration ceremony.

It will touch around $3 billion,” Alabbar said about the cost of the development.

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Rotana Names New Karbala Management Team

Abu Dhabi-based Rotana, a leading hotel management company, announced the general manager and other senior appointments for its new property in Iraq, the five-star Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana.

General manager Nader Mobader, a seasoned hospitality player with 18 years of industry experience in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, has been leading the team through the crucial pre-opening phase and will head the operations when the hotel opens its doors to guests next month.

A native of Lebanon, Mobader is a graduate from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Switzerland. Prior moving to Rotana, Mobader worked with several international hotel chains.

Rotana also announced other key appointments, including Ali Kamar who has been appointed to the role of Rooms Division manager, and Wissam Injibar who takes on the position of director of Sales, and Hassan Salameh as executive Chef, overseeing the daily operations of the F&B department encompassing the hotel’s four dining outlets and one meeting room.

Mohamad Haj Hassan, Rotana’s area vice president – Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Sudan said:

“Iraq is a market that holds a great deal of interest for Rotana, and we wanted to make sure that the right team was in place to consolidate our reputation for service and excellence when we opened our second property in the country.

The Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana will be the first and only five-star hotel to open in the city of Karbala, which annually attracts more than 12 million visitors.

The 200-room, 14-storey hotel is accessible from both Najaf Airport (80km) and Baghdad Airport (130km).

(Source: Trade Arabia)

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Hotelogix Wins Contract in Erbil

Erbil Oscar Premium Hotel is a well-known, 5-star property located in the heart of Erbil, Iraq, the city which is touted to be the 2014 tourism capital of Iraq. The hotel required a cost-effective pricing software that could manage the entire hotel’s departments, i.e. restaurants, gym and swimming pool, minibars, etc., in an extremely easy to use manner.

They had nearly finalized to go ahead with a legacy giant, but once they saw the interface and features of cloud based Hotelogix PMS, they realized this was the solution better suited for their requirements; Hotelogix gave them a complete property management solution.

Mr. Aditya Sanghi (pictured), CEO and co-founder of Hotelogix is elated to say:

In this technological era, cloud based technology is the best option for properties around the world. It is cost-effective, efficient and better suited to integrate with the current online technologies like distribution.

Mr. Shahab Hamid, owner of Erbil Oscar Premium Hotel, is of the same opinion:

The main important advantage we saw in Hotelogix after comparing with other PMS; we didn’t have to install any server or any kind of wired network, since Hotelogix is a cloud based system (It’s a Plug and Play Model Concept). The Ejaftech team created a full wireless network for us, which has saved us a lot of investment. Compared to an offline legacy model, there was no Data destruction here. Another great benefit is that even though I travel a lot, I can access my hotel from anywhere, anytime and anyplace.

The support provided by Hotelogix and our Iraqi reseller, Ejaftech was another impressionable factor in Erbil Oscar Premium House opting for Hotelogix. Once the hotel signed up, Ejaftech created a wireless network for them and provided full open time training and support. Hotelogix assisted the hotel for any support required and also listened to any feedback the hotel had. Erbil Oscar Premium Hotel is confident that Hotelogix shall give them great ROI and boost their occupancy levels.

Erbil Oscar Premium Hotel is extremely grateful that they chose Hotelogix instead of their previous option, “Thanks to Hotelogix and Ejaftech Team, for providing such a good solution to us, which we selected immediately after working on it with your team.”

(Source: Hotelogix)

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Starwood Sheraton Dohuk Hotel

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed an agreement with Mase Co LLC, a company managed by Brilliant Role Group, to open a new-build Sheraton hotel in Dohuk, in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in northern Iraq.

Scheduled to debut early next year, the Sheraton Dohuk Hotel will be the first of four new Starwood hotels to open in Iraq after 20 years, and will be the first internationally-branded hotel in the emerging city of Dohuk.

We look forward to a long-term partnership with Mase Co as we enter into our first hotel development together with the introduction of the Sheraton brand into Dohuk,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East.

We are proud to be part of the development of this important region in Iraq as we bring a new level of hospitality to the local community and to international travellers.

Zakaria Abdulla, Chairman of Brilliant Role Group said:

We are excited to work with Starwood to bring its world-class Sheraton brand to Dohuk. As Dohuk continues to grow as an emerging city in the Middle East, there will be a strong demand for an international hotel brand such as Sheraton. The signing of Sheraton Dohuk Hotel is in line with our vision to support the development of the Kurdistan region as a key business destination.

Situated in Dohuk on the border of Turkey, the 202-room Sheraton Dohuk Hotel will be ideally located at the top of a hill with stunning views overlooking the entire city and nearby mountains. The hotel will feature an all-day dining venue, a signature restaurant, and four lounges. Sheraton Dohuk Hotel is set to become the choice gathering place for business travellers, offering extensive meeting and event space, including three ballrooms for special events.

The hotel will feature the brand’s signature Link@Sheraton® experienced with Microsoft®, Sheraton Club Lounge and Sheraton Fitness, Programmed by Core Performance™, designed exclusively for Sheraton guests through its partner Core Performance. All guest rooms will be feature the all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® bed, designed to meet AAA’s Five Diamond Award® criteria Guests can also pamper themselves in Sheraton Shine Spa.

Starwood in Iraq
Starwood Dohuk Sheraton signing 2 (cropped)

Sheraton continues to be a first-mover into many new markets around the world, and remains a popular choice for owners and developers in both primary and secondary markets,” added Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “As part of our global growth strategy, we seek new frontiers for our brands, and the signing of Sheraton Dohuk Hotel marks a significant milestone as we look for the right expansion opportunities in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

Sheraton Dohuk will mark Starwood’s re-entry into Iraq, which will be followed by the opening of Sheraton Erbil Hotel, Aloft Erbil and Four Points by Sheraton Erbil in the capital of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in 2015.

Starwood currently operates nearly 50 hotels in the Middle East and continues to strengthen its long-established position as one of the leading luxury hotel operators in the region, with plans to open over 30 hotels in the next few years.

(Source: Starwood)

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