Rotana's 16 new hotels in 2017
Rotana is working towards its goal of operating 100 hotels by 2020, with the opening of 16 new properties in 2017.
This includes the opening of five new properties in the UAE, four in Saudi Arabia, two each in Turkey and Iraq, and the opening of Rotana’s first ever property in Muscat, Oman.
The extension work on one of the company’s iconic UAE properties, The Cove Rotana Resort in Ras Al Khaimah, will also take place in 2017.
Omer Kaddouri, President & CEO of Rotana, commented: "Rotana has an ambitious global expansion strategy and the vast number of property openings due to take place in 2016 and 2017 will not only increase our presence in a range of destinations but also allow us to reinforce our position as one of the leaders in the hospitality market in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe.
“We are dedicated to developing new opportunities and we are particularly excited about the opening of the iconic Saadiyat Rotana Resort in Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat Island is an exceptional destination, set to become an internationally renowned arts hub, and we believe our brand is ideally positioned to cater to the needs of global travellers seeking luxury facilities and world-class service.”
Identifying Africa as a key growth market, Rotana is set to make its debut in the continent with the opening of Kin Plaza Arjaan in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, late in 2016. In addition to the property in Congo, the group currently has a number of projects under various stages of development across Africa including Marrakesh, Luanda, Nouakchott, Dar es Salaam and Lagos, illustrating the emphasis it is placing on building a continent-wide presence.
Rotana’s 16 new developments and one extension that are set to open in 2017 are as follows:
Erbil Arjaan by Rotana, Iraq – Opening Q1 2017
Characterised by modern architecture and state-of-the-art facilities, Erbil Arjaan will cater to both long-term guests and business travellers. The property will feature 168 fully-furnished hotel apartments, two outstanding restaurants and five fully-equipped meeting rooms. Moments away from the airport and in close proximity to the local shopping malls, Erbil Arjaan is ideally located.
Centro Olaya, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Opening Q1 2017
With its central location, guests staying at Centro Olaya will be a few minutes away from the ever-expanding business area of the city. The hotel will feature 156 spacious rooms, three dining outlets and three meeting rooms. A contemporary and stylish property, Centro Olaya will offer affordable accommodation and hospitality which the Centro brand is best known for.
Centro Waha, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Opening Q1 2017
Centro Waha offers 290 stylish rooms located on the popular Olaya Street and in close proximity to the King Abdullah Financial District. Business travellers will benefit from the hotel’s state-of-the-art meetings and conference facilities, three dining outlets, 24-hour in-room dining service and Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Centre.
Centro Corniche, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia – Opening Q1 2017
Offering an impressive location, this Centro hotel sits on the Al Khobar Corniche and boasts unobstructed views of the sea. Featuring 253 rooms and suites, Centro Corniche’s amenities are specifically geared to the needs of the travelling executive including well-appointed meeting rooms, three dining outlets, gymnasium and swimming pool.
Capital Centre Rotana, Abu Dhabi – Opening Q2 2017
Capital Centre Rotana, located within the Capital Centre development, is the perfect base for business travellers, with its unparalleled location close to the National Exhibition Centre and only 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The property will feature extensive luxury facilities including 315 studio rooms and suites, four dining outlets, swimming pool, and recreation and fitness facilities.
Sundus Rotana, Muscat, Oman – Opening Q2 2017
The first property under the Rotana brand to launch in Muscat, Sundus Rotana will boast outstanding views of the Sea of Oman and the Al Hajar Mountains. Designed to cater to business travellers, the hotel sits adjacent to Muscat’s International Exhibition Centre and features 215 rooms, a ballroom, six meeting rooms, an executive lounge and a fully-equipped business centre.
Centro Salama, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Opening Q2 2017
Alongside Centro Shaheen, this is Rotana’s second property under the Centro brand to open in the heart of Jeddah. Centro Salama is located just minutes from premium shopping centres, national embassies and business districts. The hotel features 189 rooms and suites, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club, swimming pool and extensive meeting facilities.
The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah – Expansion Q2 2017
The Cove Rotana Resort is currently undergoing a significant expansion, adding to its five-star offering. Due to be completed in Q2 2017, 112 well-appointed standard and superior rooms will be added, along with 10 upscale junior suites and 21 executive suites. The expansion will also include the addition of an all-day dining restaurant, an outdoor pool with pool bar and three slides, and a kids club and pool.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Abu Dhabi – Opening Q3 2017
Located on the world-class Saadiyat Island, this five-star resort will boast a modern and elegant design, and is just a few minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Ideal for both business and leisure travellers, Saadiyat Rotana will feature 327 upscale rooms and suites, 13 beach villas, a private stretch of beach and large conference facilities. Guests will have a choice of eight dining outlets serving a wide range of cuisine and access to the Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Centre.
Creek Rotana, Dubai – Opening Q3 2017
Creek Rotana is set in the heart of Dubai’s business district, just a short distance from Dubai Creek and high-end shopping malls. This five-star property will feature 190 luxurious rooms, four dining outlets, swimming pool, Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Centre, sauna, steam rooms and massage room.
Creek Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai – Opening Q3 2017
Situated adjacent to Creek Rotana hotel, Creek Arjaan is just a short drive from Dubai Airport and in close proximity to the shopping districts of the city. Featuring 90 modern and cosy rooms, conference facilities, fitness centre and a choice of four dining outlets, Creek Arjaan is set to become a sought-after property for both business and leisure travellers.
Beach Arjaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi – Opening Q3 2017
Sitting next to the Beach Rotana resort, Beach Arjaan is mere minutes from the capital’s cultural heartbeat Saadiyat Island, the new Central Business District and the Corniche, offering guests easy and convenient access to popular shopping malls, cinemas and multiple tourist attractions. The property will feature 326 well-appointed apartments, 4 dining outlets, conference facilities, swimming pool, kids club, tennis courts, Zen Spa, and Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Centre.
Rayhaan Imam Reza, Mashhad, Iran – Opening Q4 2017
The first Rotana property to open in Iran, as part of the Rayhaan brand, this five-star hotel is located in Mashhad. Guests will be conveniently located next to the city’s main cultural attractions including the shrine of Imam Reza. The hotel will feature 272 rooms and suites, and a modern design that complements the values of Islamic culture.
Sulaymaniyah Rotana,Iraq– Opening Q4 2017
Sulaymaniyah Rotana is conveniently located in the bustling heart of Sulaymaniyah city. Complete with 240 modern rooms and suites, business centre, fitness facilities, five meeting rooms and a choice of four dining outlets, Sulaymaniyah Rotana will provide premium hospitality and impeccable service.
Centro Istanbul, Turkey – Opening Q4 2017
Situated on the European side of Istanbul, in the Günesli neighbourhood, this 152-room hotel offers a prime location, within close proximity of Istanbul International Airport and commercial districts of the city. Designed with corporate guests in mind, Centro Istanbul’s amenities include three dining outlets, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Centre, indoor swimming pool, business centre, and meeting rooms.
Arjaan Istanbul by Rotana, Turkey – Opening Q4 2017
Connected to Centro Istanbul, this Arjaan property will include 153 fully-furnished hotel apartments, three dining outlets, recreation and fitness facilities including a swimming pool – ideal for business travellers and holidaymakers alike. Located in the highly sought-after Günesli neighbourhood, guests will be able to enjoy all the benefits of the surrounding conveniences including shops, restaurants and a vibrant café culture.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.