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Building glitches delay launch of Oman hotel

Five-star Rotana slated to open in Q4 2012, now delayed to 2013

Rotana CEO and president Selim El Zyr.
Rotana CEO and president Selim El Zyr.

UAE-based hotelier Rotana has delayed the opening of its Salalah Rotana Resort and Spa property in Oman following construction setbacks, CEO and president Selim El Zyr has said.

The five-star hotel, which will have 400 luxury rooms and suites when completed, was slated to open in Q4 2012, but will now delay its debut to 2013.

The hotel operator said on Wednesday it would open seven hotels this year rather than the eight planned initially, representing an investment of $750m.

Two of the company’s Dubai hotels, the Al Ghurair Arjaan and the Al Ghurair Rayhaan, will also see their launch dates pushed from the first to the third quarter, said El Zyr.

“The Oman hotel is still on but, you know, during construction there are delays sometimes,” he said. “That is probably going to be [completed in] 2013; we are waiting now on the project managers, who have told us that there are some material delays."

“The Dubai hotels have [also] been delayed until Q3,” revealed El Zyr. The revised construction schedules were the result of building delays and not difficulties in securing project finance, he pointed out.

“There are no problems of financing. This has been pre-arranged [by the owners], so there are no financing issues that we know of.”

The Abu Dhabi-based company said in June 2011 it planned to open 25 mid-market hotels across the Middle East by 2015 in an ambitious expansion drive, creating about 3,000 jobs.

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