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
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.
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
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