Malia Holding and Rotana officially inaugurated their landmark 5 star property in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq

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Published February 7th, 2011 - 11:25 GMT

Malia, the prominent Lebanese holding group and Rotana the leading Hotel Management Company in the Middle East, inaugurated their first property in Kurdistan, Iraq, the landmark 5-star hotel, Erbil Rotana. 

The official gala event was held under the patronage of His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Barham Salih and was attended by ministers, dignitaries, local and regional media executives and prominent personalities. 

The US$55 million plus hotel is among a series of projects to be launched by Malia Holding through its tourism investment affiliated company,” Hotel Line”. 

Commenting on the opening, Mr. Jacques Jean Sarraf, President of Malia Holding sal expressed confidence and excitement in the opening “Erbil Rotana will benefit the people of Iraq through the creation of hundreds of jobs. Malia is enthusiastic about developments in the Kurdistan and keen on taking an active role in shaping the outlook of tourism and helping rebuild a strong and solid economy in Iraq”.   

Malia’s plans to invest in Erbil stem from the city’s economic, social and political climate which makes it an ideal destination for investments, particularly in tourism. 

The Kurdistan area of Iraq has in fact gained a worldwide reputation of being a gateway to Iraq, a stable and thriving area with an increasingly prosperous population of 5 million. The region has 2 airports, a liberal foreign investment law that offers foreign investors. 

As for Mr. Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, he in turn said “Year after year, Rotana is gaining strength and is imposing its position as the leader in the industry within the region. This is part of our strategic aim to have a property located in every key city in the Middle East and this goal is being steadily achieved through careful long-term planning and timely action. We are proud to have been chosen to manage this new spectacular 5 star property and our team is very excited about the opportunity to be in Iraq. We are confident that we will introduce a new dimension of hospitality in the country”.   

Erbil Rotana’s strategic location in close proximity to the Ministries district and the Erbil International Exhibition Fair Ground, along with its luxurious accommodation, wide variety of restaurants and meeting facilities makes the hotel the ideal choice for the business traveler.

This new property by Rotana offers all the comfort and refinement of a genuine, business-oriented five-star establishment, complemented by elegant dining and leisure facilities. Modern and refined interiors are reflected in each of the 201 well-appointed rooms and suites while the conference and banquet facilities represent a new milestone for the city of Erbil.

Occupying a total area of 1200 m², facilities include a ballroom that can accommodate up to 800 people and three fully-equipped and flexible conference and banquet venues designed to host all types of events including conferences, small meetings, gala dinners and weddings.

Mr. Thomas Touma, General Manager of Erbil Rotana, said, “Erbil Rotana is built on a premium 20,000 m² plot of land strategically located next to the prestigious English Village and less than a ten minutes drive from Erbil International Airport. My team and I are extremely proud to introduce Rotana’s 5-star hospitality to Erbil and have been working hard to ensure all areas involved in the opening of this property are perfectly operational in time for its launch.” He added, "With Erbil Rotana now open, the brand marks another successful step forward in its expansion in the region.”

Erbil Rotana provides business travelers with efficient business support services while giving them ample opportunity to wind down and relax, with the hotel offering state-of-the-art leisure facilities including a Bodylines Fitness Centre, Jacuzzi, steam rooms, sauna, outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool and massage treatment rooms.

With six restaurants and lounges, guests are also able to experience a choice of dining options including Italian, Lebanese and International cuisines. “Our aim is to provide our local guests and visitors from abroad with some exceptional dining experiences. Our chefs are keen on starting this new journey and introducing Rotana’s culinary experience to Erbil,” said Touma. 

Touma concluded, “Whether travelling for business, hosting a wedding, gala celebration or enjoying authentic culinary delights, Erbil Rotana is set to be the destination of choice for a quality experience in Erbil.”

Background Information

Malia Group

Headquartered in Lebanon and driven by a pioneering spirit, Malia Group is a multifaceted group of 27 companies that are leaders in 6 sectors including: Industries, Consumer Goods Distribution, Technology & Management Solutions, Fashion, Engineering & Contracting, and Hospitality & Real Estate. With operations in 7 countries in the Levant, North Africa, and the GCC, our purpose is to ensure excellence in the creation, production, and the timely delivery of goods and services. Throughout the last 8 decades, we have accrued 60 brands and forged alliances with 35 best-loved multinationals – all testimonies to that fact that we are the Group of choice in the region.

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation

Rotana was founded in 1992, by a partnership between two visionary thinkers, Nasser Al Nowais and Selim El Zyr, who were joined three years later by Nael Hashweh and Imad Elias.

Operating as Rotana, it opened its first property in Abu Dhabi in 1993 and is today one of the leading hotel management companies within the Middle East and North Africa.

Rotana is a company offering the best of both worlds. A unique understanding of the culture and communities of the Middle East combined with the collective expertise of an executive team contributing over 35 years of international experience in the service industry.

Rotana aggressive expansion plans have seen the company grow from 2 properties in 1993 to a total of 70 by 2014. With several further properties planned for opening and new projects in the pipeline confirming the company's intention to have a Rotana managed property in all the major cities throughout the Middle East and North Africa within the next five years. 

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