Hilton in deal to manage Cairo hotel
Cairo, March 28, 2010
Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a management agreement with Cairo-based Safir El Zamalek Hotel Company for a new Hilton branded hotel on the Nile River in Egypt.
Located in the heart of Cairo on picturesque Zamalek Island, the new hotel, Hilton Zamalek Residence Cairo, lies between Downtown Cairo and Giza, and is 20 km from Cairo International Airport. It is scheduled to open in July.
Mishal Abdallah Almasad, chairman of Safir El Zamalek Hotel Company and Mahmoud Mokhtar, vice president (Operations) Hilton Worldwide, Egypt signed the agreement in the presence of Dr Rashid Al Hamad, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Egypt, Sharifa Baqer, general manager, Safir El Zamalek Hotel Company and Carlos Khneisser, director of Development, Hilton Worldwide, Middle East.
'The 88-room and 76-suite conversion property overlooking the Nile is expected to open its doors as a Hilton branded hotel in July this year,' Mokhtar said.
The new hotel will further strengthen the Hilton portfolio in Egypt, becoming the sixteenth Hilton branded property and seventeenth Hilton Worldwide property in the country. It will join Ramses Hilton, Hilton Cairo World Trade Centre Residence and Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort as the fourth Hilton property in Cairo.
“Egypt is a key development market for Hilton Worldwide and the Hilton brand in the Middle East. As an upscale residential area and diplomatic quarter, the Zamalek district is an ideal location to increase our presence in the capital and support our position as the leading hotel brand in Egypt, said Mokhtar.
"Hilton Zamalek Residence Cairo will benefit from a swift opening, with the full support of the Hilton sales and marketing engine," he added.
According to him, the hotel has undergone a $20 million renovation and facelift, and now features five restaurants ranging from an all-day dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant, a coffee shop, a pastry shop and a pool cafe.
Almasad said, 'As we face a surge in domestic and business travel across Egypt, Hilton’s established credentials and well positioned brands will help us manage demand and meet travellers’ high expectations for this new conversion.'
“Hilton is the leading global hospitality brand and offers guests more than 530 hotels and resorts in 76 countries around the world. We are excited to bring our style, world class service and forward thinking approach to this spectacular property with beautiful views of the Nile,” said Dave Horton, global head of Hilton Hotels brand.
Hilton Worldwide has an impressive brand footprint in the Middle East & Africa with 44 hotels across 14 countries, and another 21 properties in the pipeline.-TradeArabia News Service