Expansion drive at Rotana, Hyatt to create 13K jobs

DUBAI: Two major players in the hospitality sector- Rotana, and Hyatt that are on an expansion spree in 2015-16 by opening 20 new properties — will create around 13000 new jobs.

UAE-based hotel group Rotana was quoted as saying by Emirates 24/7 that it would come up with 11 new properties – all of which are scheduled to open before the year-end – in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Turkey, in addition to its first property in the African market. It will add 2,765 rooms to its existing 13,359 rooms across the region.

Hyatt hotels, on the other hand, reportedly informed that at least nine new hotels are likely to be opened across the GCC by 2017, with six of them in Saudi Arabia. It will open six properties in 2015-16, adding 1,576 keys.

International Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of World Bank, estimates that higher-quality hotels create 1.5 to 3 jobs per room, which means that the two groups will create between 6,500 to 13,000 jobs during 2015-16 in the UAE and neighboring countries, the report said.

Rotana further said the new properties will create significant employment opportunities and it plans to hire more than 10,000 individuals over the next five years to operate the hotels.

The UAE group will open two hotels with a total of 318 rooms in Turkey on June 1, 2015 while its two new properties in Doha – City Center Rotana and Centro Doha – will have a combined inventory of 600 rooms, the report added.

In Abu Dhabi, Rotana is set to open Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana Abu Dhabi while opening Downtown Rotana in Bahrain. Three more properties are set to open in Saudi Arabia – Centro Shaheen, Jeddah; Centro Waha, Riyadh; and Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana, Saudi Arabia – adding 772 rooms to its existing inventory in the country, it was pointed out.

The hotel chain will also open the 100-room Kinshasa Arjaan by Rotana this year in Congo. Other new Rotana properties set to open in 2015 include Burgu Arjaan by Rotana, Istanbul; Tango Arjaan by Rotana, Istanbul; and Dalga Residences by Rotana, Istanbul, said the Dubai-based news portal.

Hyatt, meanwhile, will introduce its upscale extended stay Hyatt House brand in the region for the first time with Hyatt House Jeddah/Sari Street and Hyatt House Makkah, the report said.

Properties opening doors in 2015-16 are 657-room Hyatt Regency Makkah, 126-room Hyatt Place Dubai/Baniyas Square, 428-room Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotels and Residences, 261-room Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya and 104-room Hyatt House Jeddah, Emirates 24/7 reported.

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