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TIME Hotels eyes Russia for international expansion

The hotel group is focusing on the promotion of halal tourism and potential hospitality investments

TIME Hotels' CEO meets with Mufti of Tatarstan, Kamil Hazrat Samigullin
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TIME Hotels' CEO meets with Mufti of Tatarstan, Kamil Hazrat Samigullin

UAE-based hotel group TIME hotels is targeting investment opportunities in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan as part of its international expansion prospects.

The chief executive officer of TIME Hotels, Mohamed Awadalla, was invited by the State Committee on Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan to discuss potential hospitality investments in Tatarstan’s capital city of Kazan.

The objective of the meeting was to discuss the promotion of halal tourism and potential hospitality investments.

The meeting was between Awadalla and the president of the republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, as well as other prominent government delegates, and the Mufti - meaning the 'religious leader' - of Tatarstan, Kamil Hazrat Samigullin.

Commenting on TIME Hotels’ international growth, chief executive officer, Mohamed Awadalla, said: “With more than one million visitors per year and rising, the Republic of Tatarstan is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Russia and is an ideal location to continue our international expansion of the TIME Hotels brand.”

Over the year, TIME Hotels aims to expand its current portfolio, with several openings scheduled across Dubai and the UAE as well as other properties across the MENA region, including Egypt.

“We have been very strategic with our upcoming openings, identifying and assessing demand within the market and working to implement the most suitable brand from the TIME portfolio that best matches that demand,” Awadalla said.

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