Kempinski expands presence in Mideast


Luxury hotel group Kempinski Hotels and Resorts will add a new resort property in Egypt as part of its expansion plans in the Middle East.

The Kempinski Old Palace Resort in Sahl Hashish, south of Hurghada on the Red Sea, will be located within an integrated development which includes seven hotels, an 18-hole golf course, a traditional Arabian village and luxury villas.

The owner, Rowad Misr Red Sea Hotels Company (a joint venture between the Egyptian Government and private investors), has invested $22 million in the project and opening is scheduled for early 2003. Construction began in November 2000.

The property will have 220 rooms and suites, three restaurants and two bars.

A unique selling point is an authentic reproduction of the Sunken City, to be built directly in front of the hotel with diving depths up to 20 metres.