Oetker's Middle East debut to open in H2 2013
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The Oetker Collection’s first hotel in the Middle East, Le Bristol Abu Dhabi, is scheduled to open in the second half of 2013.
Developed by National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels (NCTH), Le Bristol Abu Dhabi is inspired by Le Bristol Paris, one of five hotels in The Oetker Collection portfolio, Hotelier Middle East reported on Wednesday.
The Oetker Collection senior vice president development Middle East and Africa Samir Daqqaq said a relationship had been formed with the owning company when the chairman of NCTH, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, visited Le Bristol Paris.
Daqqaq added: “In Dubai and the Gulf we’ve got so many of those luxury hotels but they lack service, the product is good but I think we lack the consistent service and the service we really believe should fit this kind of luxury that we talk about”.
The Oetker Collection opened its first hotel outside of Europe — The Palais Namaskar — in Marrakech, Morocco in April 2012.
The group is focused primarily on expansion in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.