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New Kempinskis for Bahrain, Djibouti
October 2006 196

KEMPINSKI Hotels signed a new property with MAF Hospitality (MAFH) in Bahrain, MAFH’s second in the region, underscoring its continued growth in the Middle East and Africa region.

This agreement follows the successful opening of the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates earlier this year, the first joint venture between the luxury hotel group Kempinski and the MAF Hospitality group.
Kempinski will manage a five star luxury hotel located in the Bahrain City Centre development, one of Bahrain’s largest in recent years, opening during 2008. The Bahrain City Centre development in the Seef district of Manama city includes two hotels, the five star luxury Kempinski hotel and a second, four star hotel, Bahrain’s largest shopping mall covering 150,000sqm, a hypermarket and some 40 food outlets. The highlights are a massive indoor air-conditioned Water Recreation Park which will be the largest in the region and one of the world’s largest once completed, a 20-screen cinema and a Magic Planet entertainment park. The hotel will have 196 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, a city spa, fitness centre and restaurants.
Ulrich Eckhardt, senior vice-president Middle East & Africa, says, “Kempinski continues to focus its expansion in the Middle East region as the market potential here is huge. Our brand is enjoying success in the region and we are renowned for our commitment to superior service and quality standards. Bahrain’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the Gulf and its excellent infrastructure make the country an attractive choice for the many multinational companies who have set up operations there.”
Kempinski will open seven hotels in addition to the 10 currently open in the Middle East and Africa by the end of 2009.

DJIBOUTI

KEMPINSKI will open doors at its new Djibouti Palace hotel on the Horn of Africa by the middle of November.
The Djibouti Palace Kempinski is a 337-room five star luxury hotel, featuring facilities and services for which Kempinski is renowned. Located at a prime beach front between the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, just under 10 minutes away from Djibouti International Airport, the luxury resort also boasts a state-of-the-art conference centre which is also part of the hotel complex.
“We’re delighted to have completed our targets for phase one, which includes 177 rooms and suites with stunning views of the Red Sea, as well as the full completion of our property’s pride – our conference centre and its attached meeting rooms, which will host very important chief executives and dignitaries from all over the region,” says hotel general manager Bugra Berberoglu.
An impressive entertainment centre, a temperature-controlled infinity pool and a number of fine-dining restau-rants, a spa and fitness centre, tennis courts, casino and a discotheque are all part of the facilities.
The hotel is Kempinski’s seventh in Africa. Three additional hotels are under construction or final development in Africa, besides existing properties in Chad, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar) and Mali.




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