Malia Group Erbil Arjaan by Rotana. Malia Group Erbil Arjaan by Rotana.

Rotana has officially opened the first hotel under its ‘Arjaan’ hotel apartments brand in Iraq - Erbil Arjaan by Rotana.

The inauguration ceremony was held under the patronage and the presence of H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Rotana said the opening is in line with the company’s strategy of growth and development of the tourism sector in Erbil and creating employment opportunities for Kurdish youth in the hospitality sector.

The Erbil Arjaan by Rotana will introduce a new class of modern and stylish hotel apartments to the city.

The hotel will be managed by Rotana on behalf of Malia Group, a renowned business conglomerate in the Middle East with activities spanning six different sectors including hospitality and real estate.

Rotana chairman Nasser Al Nowais said: "The inauguration of the new hotel reinforces our strategic partnership with Malia Group which began nearly six years ago with the opening of the five-star Erbil Rotana, which has since managed to attract more than half a million guests with an annual average occupancy rate of 70%, indicating the region’s tourism potential.

Malia Group chairman Jacques Jean Sarraf said: “Malia Group recognises the vast potential for tourism in Kurdistan and we remain dedicated to investing in the region’s fast-growing hospitality sector.”

The property features 168 fully furnished hotel apartments, and has two food and beverage venues and 24-hour in-room dining service.

In addition the hotel apartment facility houses seven meeting rooms, 25 fully-furnished serviced offices and Rotana’s Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Club.

The hotel is located on 100 Street at the Baharka Bridge intersection of the city and was developed keeping long-term guests and families in mind.

Headquartered in Beirut, Malia Group’s other investments in the hospitality sector include the Erbil Rotana hotel, Magma Square in Sulaimani, Kurdistan, and Natour Development in Enfeh, Lebanon.

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