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Kempinski unveils expansion plans

International hotel chain Kempinski is set to expand further in UAE, Jordan and Egypt.

Kempinski Hotels and Resorts is embarking on a massive development programme in the region with projects in UAE, Egypt and Jordan. The hotel operator is currently developing the Conference Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi, a property that is set to rival neighbouring Dubai’s grandiose Burj Al Arab hotel.

According to Ulrich Eckhardt, Kempinski’s area vice-president for the Middle East, the beach hotel is being modeled on the lines of an ornate Oriental Palace and will house the region’s largest conference facilities as well as 400 rooms and suites.

The total meeting and conference space of the Conference Palace will exceed 7000 sq m with an auditorium for 1,200 persons, a ballroom for over 5000 persons and 30 additional meeting rooms. It will also house a separate wing for heads of state and leaders of GCC countries, comprising Royal Suites each measuring over 1000 sq m.

Surrounded by a 100 acre park, the hotel will also offer leisure facilities including two swimming pools and two spas. The Conference Palace hotel will be ready by September 2004 to host the GCC summit in the UAE capital.

Kempinski is also developing the first hotel on the Dubai Palm Island project. In Egypt, the chain is building an integrated development featuring seven hotels and an 18-hole golf course, the Kempinski Old Palace resort, slated to open in 2004. In Jordan, the chain is opening a Kempinski Ishtar resort hotel and spa in December 2003.

“The Middle East has become an important part of Kempinski’s international expansion programme and the development team is constantly researching for projects that would fit our portfolio of over 30 deluxe hotels and resorts around the world,” said Eckhardt.


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