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Golden Tulip Hospitality Group has announced plans for two more hotels in the United Arab Emirates (UAE): Golden Tulip Sharjah and Golden Tulip Ajman.
Golden Tulip Sharjah (pictured right), is set to open in October this year. Comprised of 264 suites and apartments, the hotel provides studios and 1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites ” all furnished and with a fully equipped kitchen.
As well as the usual amenities, the property offers extensive meeting facilities, with three executive floors, an executive lounge, a shopping mall, and a banqueting service.
Strategically located on the Persian Gulf, Sharjah is a global trade centre and is the third largest of the seven states that form the UAE.
The second latest hotel marking the chain”s Middle East expansion is the Golden Tulip Ajman. It is the largest hotel within the portfolio, located in downtown Ajman, 10min from Sharjah International airport and 25min from Dubai International.
Golden Tulip Ajman provides nearly 1,000 rooms, suites and apartments. The construction project has been divided into two phases.
Phase One, set to open early 2008, consists of 444 suites and apartments spread across three towers ” including the Executive Apartments block. The second phase, due to open mid 2009, will be a 550 room hotel with a revolving restaurant.
Golden Tulip president and CEO, Hans Kennedie, commented on the choice of location for the hotel: ”Tourism in Ajman is currently undergoing a major transformation and will soon become one of the region”s top business and leisure destinations.”
With the addition of Golden Tulip Ajman, the chain”s Middle East and Africa portfolio will consist of 38 hotels, with the company aiming to reach 50 hotels by 2010.
Golden Tulip Al Barsha opened its doors in June 2007 and is the chain”s latest finished project in the Middle East. Located near Dubai International airport, the 125-room hotel provides ample business and meeting facilities. Golden Tulip recently confirmed that they have entered into agreement with Noor Capital for the management of the Al Barsha complex.
”This hotel will complement our presence in the region, getting closer to our goal of having a Golden Tulip hotel in every Arab city,” said Golden Tulip senior vice-president, Middle East and Africa, Amine Moukarzel.
Noor Capital CEO, Dr Hani Shammah, commented on the strategic positioning of the property: ”We believe that Golden Tulip, with their regional office in Dubai, will make a strong platform to the success of our property with its knowledge of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, the market place and its worldwide exposure.”
Golden Tulip”s head offices are located in the Netherlands and in Switzerland. The chain owns 909 hotels in more than 50 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.