Bahrain bank inks Sarajevo mega project hotel deal

Bahrain-based International Investment Bank has said that its flagship project Sarajevo City Centre (SCC) has signed an agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Image: Getty
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Image: Getty

Bahrain-based International Investment Bank on Sunday announced that its flagship project Sarajevo City Centre (SCC) has signed an agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to operate the hotel component.

SCC, a major mixed-use real estate development which opened in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina in March last year, is a partnership between International Investment Bank and Al Shiddi Group, a Saudi-based business group.

The memorandum of understanding relates to the project's second tower, which houses a luxury five-star hotel with 227 rooms covering an area of more than 20,000 square metres, the company said in a statement.

The hotel is to be a Westin property, managed according to the principles of Islamic Sharia, and is scheduled for opening in the first quarter of 2016, the statement added.

The main building of the SCC project is a shopping mall and an entertainment complex encompassing five levels that cover an area of 46,000 square metres.

The mall is over 85 percent leased and the 17-storey, 8,600 square metre commercial tower is due for completion in Q2 2015.

Saeed Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, chairman of International Investment Bank, said: "This project is one of a kind in the country, and full credit goes to the operations team managing the project on the ground. The addition of the Starwood Group Westin property to SCC cements its standing as a quality development in the region, and will serve the high demands of a country that has a booming tourism industry for much of the year."

IIB CEO Aabed Al Zeera added: "The project is one of the largest in the Balkan region, and has a fantastic futuristic design which is perfect to house the Westin 5-star property.

"With the country poised to join the European Union, IIB envisage strong uptake across the retail, commercial and leisure components of the project."

Bosnia and Herzegovina is an emerging market in Southeastern Europe with an active economy and a significant Muslim population.

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