Bassam Zakaria, general manager at Kingsgate Hotel Abu Dhabi. Bassam Zakaria, general manager at Kingsgate Hotel Abu Dhabi.

Kingsgate Hotel Abu Dhabi, part of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The hotel, which opened in March 2008, is the second property under the Millennium & Copthorne brand in the capital and the first Kingsgate in the Middle East.

The 108-key hotel, which has mostly attracted corporate clients previously, has worked to reposition itself to attract more leisure travellers.

“We have started seeing some good new markets related to the international leisure sources that we are developing and it seems very promising. We have different packages that are designed to meet their expectations. The city is booming with new and unique attractions and we want to promote these to our guests so our packages are catered to target the leisure travellers in addition to our corporate clients,” the hotel’s general manager Bassam Zakaria said.

In the last decade of its operations, the hotel has been awarded the Hotel of Choice Award for Business Traveler from Tripadvisor and has received the Highest Employee Retention of the Year 2013 award from the Millennium Hotels and Resorts.

“It was our team effort, a closer communication between the management and colleagues, having an open-door policy and we have increased our social activities to motivate and encourage the team,” explained Zakaria.

In the coming year, the hotels plans to promote itself at various trade exhibitions including Arabian Travel Market and World Travel Market, a statement said.

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