Four Seasons ceases operations at Damascus property

Hotel operator pulls out of property following US sanctions levied against owner Samer Foz

Four Seasons Damascus
Four Seasons Damascus

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has announced that it has ceased management of Four Seasons Hotel Damascus, which it has operated since the property opened in 2005. 

The annoucement from the hotel operator follows news that the United States had sanctioned Samer Foz for his alleged financial support of President Bashar Al-Assad. 

"Samer Foz, his relatives, and his business empire have leveraged the atrocities of the Syrian conflict into a profit-generating enterprise," US undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in a statement at the time.

A statement on Four Seasons' website said the operator was "proud of the many employees who have continued to provide outstanding service and dedication under extraordinary circumstances".

Foz bought a majority stake in Four Seasons Damascus from Saudi Arabian investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was at the time detained as part of the kingdom's anti-corruption crackdown.

The hotel's future remains unclear, with no statement from the owner about a new name or operator for the 297-key property. 

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