FRHI signs two new properties in Egypt
Fairmont Soma Bay and Swissotel Katameyah to open by 2020
FRHI Hotels & Resorts has signed agreements with Citystars Properties for two new projects – a Fairmont hotel in Soma Bay, south of Hurghada, and Swissotel property in Katameyah, Cairo, which are both scheduled to open by 2020.
Swissotel will be the group’s second property due to open before 2020 in Cairo. The property will include 250 guest rooms and suites and 50 luxury residential apartments under the Swissotel Living concept.
The hotel will also comprise 38 Swiss Executive Club rooms and 1700m2 of meeting space. F&B options will include a speciality restaurant, urban café, and lobby lounge.
Fairmont Soma Bay will be part of a 10 million m2 mixed use development, and will feature 300 guest rooms, include Fairmont Gold, the brand’s hotel within a hotel concept, and 150 Fairmont-branded residences for sale.
The hotel’s F&B outlets will include an all-day dining room, lobby lounge, beach bar, and speciality restaurant.
Other amenities will include a wellness centre and spa, and 2500m2 of meeting space.
FRHI senior vice president, operations, Middle East, Africa & India Sami Nasser commented: “The two new signings, as well as the Sharm El Sheikh project, complement our three existing Fairmont hotels in Cairo, which are all prominent landmarks in the city. This increased development activity reinforces our commitment to the destination and our envisioned potential of the market.”
In addition to the two new projects, FRHI also signed the Citystars Sharm El Sheikh development in 2014, featuring the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel properties, spread over 7.5 million square meters, including 22km of beaches, an 18-hole Colin Montgomerie golf course and the largest man-made, swimmable lagoon in the world as acknowledged by Guinness World Records.