Ed Fuller, President and Managing Director, Marriott International; Barham Salih, Prime Minister of Kurdistan; Thomas Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources; James Jeffrey, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq; and Peshraw Agha, Chairman of the Board, Empire Iraq
Empire Iraq signed an agreement with Marriott International to manage a five star hotel and an executive apartment property during a ceremony that was held at the newly inaugurated U.S. Consulate in Erbil. The agreement covers a 200 – room, upscale Marriott Hotels & Resorts – branded hotel, and a 75-Unit deluxe Marriott Executive Apartments’ property. The investment on the Hotel and Executive Apartments is expected to exceed USD 100 Million; both are planned to launch in 2014.
The 200-room Erbil Marriott will provide a range of amenities, connectivity & services to help business travelers achieve their objectives. Its unique and stylish interiors will blend the latest in residential design, color and real comfort. Recreational amenities will include an extensive fitness facility, an on-site spa and an outdoor swimming pool. As for the 75-Unit Marriott Executive Apartments Erbil especially designed for extended stay travelers will offer the convenience of a five-star, full service hotel with the space, ambience and privacy of residential living.
This agreement is inline with Empire Iraq’s expansion plan for Empire World, a private real estate development project, with an investment of over USD 1 Billion, distinguishes itself with its diverse development projects ranging from commercial developments (Erbil Business Tower and Business Complex), Residential developments (Royal City Villas & Apartments), Hospitality and Leisure (Erbil Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments Erbil and Erbil Speed Center).
Mr. Peshrow Agha, chairman of Empire Iraq stated: “We are very excited to welcome Marriott to Empire World; Marriott is the first truly global hotel brand to recognize the potential of Iraq, as a result establishing not one but two properties in the Kurdish Region.”
To compliment Mr.Agha’s statement, Mr. Ed Fuller, President & Managing Director of International lodging for Marriott Int. said: “Erbil is an encouraging destination with promising economic & commercial opportunity. Erbil is believed to be one of the oldest, continuously inhabited communities in the area”.
Mr. Agha also added “Empire World is an upscale, unique, lively, and relaxed work destination; and we believe that both Erbil Marriott & The Marriot Executive Apartments Erbil are truly jewels for our development. “
The Erbil Marriott and the Marriott Executive Apartments Erbil will be Marriott International’s first two properties in Iraq, among their many operating hotels and properties in the Middle East and Africa.