DEPA completes Cairo hotel project and looks to Qatar

DEPA completes major contract and sets its sights on Qatar

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By  Rhys Jones Published  October 16, 2004

DEPA, the hotel interiors contracting company has announced the completion of its involvement in the furnishing of the recently opened Four Seasons Nile Plaza Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. The contract comprised the manufacture, supply and installation of all furniture, fittings and equipment (FF&E) of rooms, suites, restaurants, business centres, function, leisure and all other public areas. The 366-room hotel, standing 30 stories high is located in the heart of Cairo’s Garden City district and offers 336 standard rooms, 28 suites, 72 business suites and 2 royal suites. “Working on this project with Nova Park, the owning company, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and with the Boston-based Frank Nicholson’s creative interior design, was truly challenging and the results, very rewarding,” said Mohannad Sweid, CEO, DEPA. “Our projections indicate that DEPA’s business volumes will reach over Dhs 4 billion in the coming five years, and adding the Four Seasons Nile Plaza Hotel in Cairo to our portfolio is an extremely important milestone in the road to achieving our business objectives,” he added. After completing the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh and now Cairo, DEPA has now shifted its attention to two new interior projects for the new Four Seasons San Stefano Hotel in Alexandria as well as the Four Seasons Hotel in the Qatari capital of Doha. “With the opening of our second hotel in Cairo, we are offering our guests two completely distinct experiences on opposite sides of the Nile,” said Wolf Hengst, president, Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “We chose to work with DEPA due to their reputation in the market and the high quality of workmanship the company delivers. Our first property, which opened in 2002, has an intimate and residential atmosphere while for the new hotel, we wanted a more contemporary design and feel. DEPA delivered our requirements on time and budget in both properties,” said Hisham Talaat Mostafa, CEO, Nova Park Cairo, the owning company of Four Seasons Nile Plaza. With an estimated 25% market share and a track record of projects such as the Burj Al Arab, Abu Dhabi Conference Palace Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Grand Hyatt Dubai, the new funding and strategic partnership will leave DEPA well placed to leverage the glut of hotel construction projects underway and the growth of hotels across the Middle East.

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