Rixos pushing on with new openings

Palm Jumeirah property to open by the end of 2009, says chairman

Rixos chairman Fettah Taminice.
Rixos chairman Fettah Taminice.

Rixos’ Ottoman Palace resort in Dubai will welcome its first guests by the end of 2009, according to company chairman Fettah Taminice.

And the Palm Jumeirah property is just one of several that Rixos is ploughing on with, in spite of difficult current economic conditions.

“Ottoman Palace by Rixos, located on The Palm Jumeirah, will be our first hotel to open in the Middle East and it will be opening its doors by the end of 2009,” confirmed Taminice.

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And he claimed that the Turkish chain was extremely confident that The Ottoman Palace would be a success, in spite of opening amid a credit crunch.

“We have no worries concerning the opening of a new property in Dubai. The Middle East has attracted the attention of international tourism during the last few years and the UAE has become a destination that world brands want to take part in.

“Ottoman Palace will offer over four hundred luxury rooms and suites, capturing the essence of fine living. Each and every guest will be greeted with traditional Turkish delight, cologne and fresh cold scented towels. Guests will feel they are entering our home and a private palace.”

The property will also boast a huge retreat with the world’s largest authentic Turkish Hammam.

Taminice went on to reiterate that Rixos would not be scaling back operations in light of the economic situation.

“We have certainly taken some precautions, such as reducing our expenses in several budget items and following a strategy of savings, however, we did not consider revising our plans concerning current investments at all.”

“Rixos Almaty, Kazakhstan, will also welcome guests before the end of the year and then Rixos Vienna and Rixos Marina West Bahrain – located in a spectacular area of the Kingdom’s west coast – are on their way in 2010,” said Taminice.

“Other projects in the UAE and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries are in the pipeline.”


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