Rotana to open first Iraq hotel

8 Nov 2008 by Mark Caswell

Rotana has confirmed it will open a new hotel next year in the Kurdish city of Erbil, northern Iraq.

The five-star Erbil Rotana will be the latest in a string of Middle Eastern properties (24 to be exact) to join the chain's portfolio. Located in front of the Sami Rahman Park and near Erbil’s convention centre, the hotel will have 205 rooms and suites, several restaurants and conference facilities. There will also be a Bodylines health and fitness club and a swimming pool.

Austrian Airways currently flies to Erbil International airport from Vienna four times a week, while Fly Iraquna operates flights from Copenhagen and Amsterdam, with return connections stopping at Athens first.

Erbil is one of the three northern provinces under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government where terrorist activity is statistically lower than in the rest of Iraq. The foreign office calls the region’s security situation “relatively benign” compared with the other areas of Iraq, but warns travellers that terrorism and kidnappings are still a possibility. Government guidelines state that travellers should check the security situation before travelling to the remote border areas. Our intrepid Frequent Traveller correspondent recently visited Baghdad on business – to read his report click here.

Rotana already has hotels in the UAE, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria Egypt and Sudan, and plans to open 40 more properties throughout the Middle East by 2012.

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Report by Liat Clark

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