18 November 2017

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Al Maha returns after facelift
July 2017 679

Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, a leading hotel apartment in the capital city of the UAE, announced the completion of its Dh50-million ($13.6 million) renovation project last month.

The completed renovation showcases a modern, four-star deluxe hotel offering an exciting remodelling of 288 guestrooms, the main lobby, recreation centre, meeting space and new restaurant concept.

Nadim El Zyr, general manager, said: “With respect to its location, facilities and services, Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana has always been an iconic hotel in Abu Dhabi. The renovation project was an important step for our owners and for Rotana to provide new levels of accommodation and facilities to our loyal guests and visitors to the city.”

The massive renovation project was concluded in three phases, starting with Café 302, which was launched in July 2016. Café 302 is a welcoming and trendy place to catch up with friends that serves buffet breakfast, à la carte lunch and dinner, takeaways from the deli counter and premium retail items from across the world.

The second phase saw the completion of the 260-sq-m meeting space and the redevelopment of the leisure facilities. The improved state-of-the-art meeting facilities are complemented with elegant interiors. The progressive banquet spaces are ideal for small and medium sized events. Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Club, Al Maha Arjaan’s recreation facility has a renewed poolside with Italian marble flooring and new cabanas. Four new massage treatment rooms, an inviting relaxation area, and upgraded gym have been instilled as a part of this project.

The final and most significant phase of the renovation were the rooms and suites, which boast a complete make-over. Each room includes new furniture, décor and carpet in contemporary colours and monochrome designs imported from Italy and the UK. Additionally, all rooms and suites have been technologically modernised with new 50-inch TVs, enhanced wi-fi coverage, and new kitchen appliances in the suites. The enriched ambiance creates the perfectly warm and comfortable environment for guests.

“We understand our guest mix and took their needs into consideration early on in the planning. We will certainly try our utmost best to provide our valuable guests a pleasurable experience to remember at the all new Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana”, said El Zyr.

Strategically situated at the intersection of Fatima Bint Mubarak and Hamdan Street, the hotel is nestled in a vibrant neighbourhood.

Rotana is also looking forward to the opening of Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas in Abu Dhabi by the end of this year. A luxurious five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Beach, a nine-kilometre stretch of pristine white sand on the sprawling Saadiyat Island. Featuring 354 upscale rooms and suites in addition to 13 private beach villas, the luxury resort will be the 15th Rotana property to open in the UAE capital alone.

Rotana group which operates sixteen hotels in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain expects occupancy levels at their hotels in the capital to increase 3 per cent during the summer months, driven by a rise in arrivals from Saudi Arabia as well as increased tourist inflow from Russia following the UAE government’s recent decision to grant visa-on-arrival facility for Russian citizens.

Christian Baudat, area general manager for Abu Dhabi, Al Ain & Oman, said Russia has traditionally been a major source market for Rotana and the UAE hospitality industry at large but the fall in the value of the rouble over the past couple of years had taken a toll on Russian tourist arrivals in the UAE.

“With the rouble continuing to strengthen against the dollar, we have recently witnessed an uptick in arrivals from Russia, and we expect this trend to continue through the summer months and beyond,” said Baudat.

Rotana is also witnessing increased business from Eastern European countries such as Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, and plans to tap further into these markets. The hotel is offering 25 per cent discount on room rates during summer.  


AL MAHA ARJAAN by Rotana
Nadim El Zyr
Christian Baudat
Centro Capital Centre





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