Rotana enters Tanzania with the opening of Johari Rotana in Dar es Salaam.
Rotana enters Bosnia and Herzegovina with the opening of Bosmal Arjaan by Rotana in Sarajevo.
Rotana opens a new Global Sales Office in Turkey.
Business Traveller UK Awards
Business Traveller Middle East Awards
Guy Hutchinson has been appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer.
Rotana opens five new hotels in United Arab Emirates, Al Bandar Rotana, Al Bandar Arjaan by Rotana, Cayan Tower Residences, Pearl Rotana and Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Rotana opens two new hotels in Turkey, WestSide Arjaan and WestSide Centro
Rotana opens two hotels in Saudi Arabia, Centro Olaya and Centro Salama
Rotana opens three new Global Sales Offices in Paris, Milan and Amsterdam.
World Travel Awards 2018
Gulf Business Awards
Business Traveller Middle East Awards
Rotana opens its' first hotel in Muscat, Sundus Rotana
Rotana opens its' second hotel in Erbil, Erbil Arjaan
Rotana opens another Centro hotel in Saudi Arabia, Centro Waha
World Travel Awards 2017
Rotana opens its’ first tower hotel in Jordan, Amman Rotana
Rotana opens its’ second and third property in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana, Riyadh and Centro Shaheen, Jeddah
Rotana opens its’ third property in Bahrain, Downtown Rotana, Manama
Rotana opens its’ first property under “Centro” brand in Doha - Qatar, Centro Capital
Rotana opens its’ third property in Doha – Qatar, City Centre Rotana
Arabian Tourism Award
Business Traveller Middle East Awards
Time Out Doha Restaurant Awards
Rotana opens its' first property in Jordan, The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana.Rotana opens its' second property in Kingdom of Bahrain, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands.
Rotana opens it's first two properties in Turkey, Burgu Arjaan by Rotana & Tango Arjaan by Rotana.
Rotana opens it's 12th property in Abu Dhabi, Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana.
World Travel Awards - UAE
Business Traveller Middle East Awards - 2015
Rotana opens its' second 5-star hotel in Al Ain, the Hili Rayhaan by Rotana
Rotana opens its' first 5-star hotel in Oman, the Salalah Rotana Resort
Management Appointments / Moves
Guy Hutchinson is taking the position as Chief Operating Officer of Rotana effective 12 January 2014.
Selim El Zyr co-founder of Rotana takes over the position of Vice Chairman of Rotana and hands over the leadership of the company to Omer Kaddouri, as the new Chief Executive Office of Rotana, effective January 1, 2014.
Omer Kaddouri, Rotana’s President and CEO was recognized by Switzerland’s prestigious Les Roches International School of Hotel Management with an Innovation Award for his outstanding contributions to the hospitality industry.
Omer Kaddouri, Rotana’s President & CEO recognizes Businessman of the Year for the 2014 Esquire Man at His Best Awards.
Omer Kaddouri, Rotana’s President & CEO scored number FIVE in the 2014 Hotelier Middle East Power 50 list.World Travel Award – World Event
World Travel Awards- UAE
Word Travel Awards - Africa & Indian Ocean
Business Travel Award
World Airport Awards - Skytrax
Rotana proud to announce the opening of its firts property in Bahrain, Majestic Arjaan by Rotana.Rotana widens its footprint in one of the region’s most promising emerging markets with the opening of its second property in Iraq, The Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana.
World Luxury Hotel Awards
International Hotel Awards Arabia
Rotana was voted The Middle East's Leading Hotel brand at World Travel Awards 2013.
The individual properties' awards included:
Business Traveller Middle East Awards
Rotana announced the signing of its first agreements in Iskenderun, Turkey and in the capital of Mauritania, Nouakchott.
Rotana announced the opening of Centro Capital Centre Abu Dhabi.
Management RecognitionSelim El Zyr was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious World Travel Market in recognition for his role in the development of the Middle Eastern tourism industry.
Selim El Zyr receives the Arab Business Leader of the Year Award at the 2012 Global Arab Business Meeting held in Ras Al Khaimah
Selim El Zyr receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Travel Market Globe Award, in recognition for his role in the development of the Middle Eastern tourism industry.World Travel Awards Rotana receives the Fastest Expanding Hotel Brand award at World Travel Awards 2012
The individual properties' awards included
Rotana pushing ahead with its expansion plans and announcing the opening of six new hotels in the UAE, bringing its total to 33 in the emirates, the largest by any single hotel brand, local or foreign. Three additional new outbound sales offices in China, India and Russia were inaugurated to support the expansion plans. With these additions, Rotana increased its International sales offices portfolio to twelve present in UAE, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, KSA, Lebanon, Sudan, UK and Germany. Rotana announce the opening of Centro Sharjah and Centro Al Manhal in Abu Dhabi, redefining the conventional concept of economical comfort
Rotana, was voted The Middle East's Leading Hotel brand at World Travel Awards 2011.
Business Traveller Middle East Awards: 2 awards
Rotana, and for the fourth year on a row, was voted The Middle East's Leading Hotel brand at World Travel Awards 2010.
Mr. Selim El Zyr, the President & CEO of Rotana, has been recognized as the number TWO in the Power50 Top Arab Nationals in Hospitality in the second edition of the Hotelier Middle East Power 50. Quoting Hotelier Middle East "Under El Zyrs leadership, the company has achieved several new milestones over the last 12 months: the launch of its first essential-service business- focused Centro brand, first in Abu Dhabi at Yas Island and then in Al Barsha Dubai, the opening of the worlds tallest hotel, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana in Dubai and the opening of Oryx Rotana, the firms first in Doha.
Rotana announced yet further significant milestones in its' enviable history of service, gaining further recognition of their commitment to quality customer care at this year's 16th Annual World Travel Awards, the premier global awards event that promotes excellence in the travel and tourism industry.
Rotana packed a total of 16 awards during the prestigious MENA awards and Business Traveller ME awards.
MENA Awards: 14 awards
Business Traveller Middle East: 2 awards
Mr. Selim El Zyr, the President & CEO of Rotana, has been recognized as the Middle East's most powerful hotelier and the most influential industry professional in the first edition of the Hotelier Middle East Power 50. Quoting Hotelier Middle East "Having co-founded the Middle East's first hotel management brand 17 years ago, El Zyr has nurtured Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC into an international success. Respected industry-wide for creating a regional powerhouse, Selim El Zyr scores the top ranking in the first-ever Hotelier Middle East Power 50."
Rotana has been recognized for its continued resounding success by attaining five awards at this year's 15th Annual World Travel Awards, the premier global awards event that promotes excellence in the travel and tourism industry.
Rotana, voted The Middle East's Leading Hotel brand. Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa voted The Middle East Leading Family Resort. Beach Rotana awarded Abu Dhabi's Leading Beach Resort and Leading Business Hotel.
Rotana storms ahead with the signing of its first property in Baghdad, Iraq, to open in 2013.
Rotana wins and for the second year in a row the Category Hotel, Group or Resort you would first recommend to clients heading to the Middle East' in the Selling Long Haul Awards 2008.
Jiwar Real Estate and Rotana announces the signing of the official management agreement for the milestone Rayhaan Al Marwa project in Makkah, Rotanas first managed property in Saudi Arabia.
Rotana packed a total of 15 awards during the prestigious MENA awards and Business Traveller ME awards.
SHUAA Capital Saudi Arabia and Rotana sign master agreement to develop 17 properties with 5000 rooms across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Gardenia Real Estate Investment and Rotana, the leading Hotel Management Company in the Middle East, announced the signing of a partnership agreement for the management of a 5 star Hotel in Homs, Syria.
Orascom, SHUAA and Rotana announced a Joint Venture, which will invest in developing and operating budget business hotels in Egypt to be exclusively managed by Rotana.
National Investment Corporation and Rotana Hotels announced the signing of an agreement for the management of a 600 room luxury property in Marina Abu Dhabi.
Rotana announces a further extension of its brand structure with the launch of two new offerings: the alcohol-free Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana and Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana. This brand differentiation allows the group to enter new markets in new ways, even further cementing its regional market dominance.
Al Ain Rotana opens its expansion project adding 72 luxurious rooms, 12 suites and 2 new chalets further to the existing hotel.
ALDAR Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabis largest integrated real estate company, signed agreements to develop four hotels which will be managed by Rotana in landmark collaboration between two of Abu Dhabis leading organizations.
Malia, the prominent Lebanese holding group and Rotana the leading Hotel Management Company in the Middle East, announced the signing of a partnership agreement for the management of a 5 star 205 roomed hotel in the city of Erbil, located in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
Rotana packed a total of 16 awards during the prestigious Whats On awards, DEPA awards, MENA awards and Business Traveller ME awards.
Rotana Hotel management reached yet another milestone in its enviable history by winning the Middle East's Leading Hotel Brand at the 14th Annual World Travel Awards, the premier global awards event that promotes excellence in the travel and tourism industry.
Rotana opens its first 5 star property in Kuwait, Al Manshar Rotana Hotel
Rotana opens it's first 5 star property in Khartoum, Al Salam Rotana Hotel
Rotana opens it's first Resort in the UAE, Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa
Rotana doubles the size of its' portfolio throughout the Middle East with 53 properties by 2010
Rotana opens its first 4 star property in Dubai, BurJuman Rotana
Rotana announced the publishing of its' Culinary Book, Volume One, which is an amalgam of stunning images of food and décor showcasing the companys International signature.
Saadiyat Island Island of Happiness the signature residential and tourism destination just 500 metres offshore the United Arab Emirates capital city - is to get a luxury Rotana Resort. An agreement for the sale of 809,000 square feet of beach front was signed between Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and its asset-management arm Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) and Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana.
Rotana announced the signing of a management agreement with Air Arabia for a 300-room hotel at Sharjah Airport under their innovative brand Centro by Rotana, offering affordable superior class accommodation and hospitality
Rotana announces their participation at the ITB in Berlin for the first time
Rotana announced the expansion of its portfolio in the rapidly developing Khartoum with the signing of an agreement to manage its second property in Khartoum, Sudan.
Rotana massive expansion plan bringing its portfolio to 42 by 2008
Rotana gained 20th place in the prestigious Forbes Arabia Top 40 Arab Brands list.
Rotana announces its' first time participation at the World Travel Market to be held in London
Rotana announces the opening of their first, Zen the spa at Rotana, at the Grand Rotana Resort & Spa, Sharm El Sheikh.
Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Limited enters into a Private Placement Transaction which attracted regional institutional and individual investors for a 40% stake in the company comprising a capital increase and a partial sale by the existing shareholders.
Rotana packed a total of 13 awards and 8 nominations during the prestigious Whats On awards, DEPA awards, MENA awards and Business Traveller ME awards.
Nasser Al Nowais, was presented the award of The Regions Most Innovative Hotel Brand at the fourth edition of the Horeca Hospitality Awards 2006.
Rotana and Orascom for Hotels & Development announces their strategic alliance with the signing of a new management contract for The Cove Rotana Resort & Spa, Ras Al Khaimah
Rotana wins Best Hotel Brand at the GCC National Brands Excellence Awards gaining further recognition of their commitment to quality customer care.
Rotana opens its first 5 star Resort in Sharm El Sheikh, the Grand Rotana Resort & Spa.
Another milestone for Rotana at the World Travel Awards with the Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers winning the Middle East Leading Conference Hotel, Gefinor Rotana Hotel, winning Lebanons Leading Hotel" and Sharjah Rotana Hotel, winner of the "Sharjah's Leading Hotel" category.
Rotana announced sales & marketing alliances with Thistle Hotels, Affinia Hospitality and First Hotels
Rotana announces the launch of their new Rotana Rewards Exclusive Programme, a new and unique Programme in the Hospitality Industry
Rotana launches their exciting new brand of hotels, Centro by Rotana, offering affordable superior class accommodation and hospitality. Centro was developed to meet the demands of the new generation of travellers, who seeks both finesse and functionality at reasonable rates
Rotana signs agreements to manage an additional three luxurious properties: A 440-room five star hotel in Abu Dhabi, a second 400-room luxurious resort on Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, and an all-suite hotel in the new downtown Beirut.
Rotana announces the signature of five new management agreements - one property in Doha, three in Dubai (including one resort on Jumeirah beach) and one in Kuwait - all scheduled to open throughout 2006.
Rotana announces the signing of a management agreement to operate Rose Rotana Suites, the tallest all suite-hotel in the world. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, the property will have 72 floors and will be 323 meters high. It is scheduled to open in mid 2006.
Selim El Zyr, President and CEO of Rotana, is awarded the prestigious Middle East CEO of the Year 2004 Award by Datamatix.
Rotana signs an agreement to manage the Fujairah Rotana Resort on the east coast of the UAE. Expanding the number of Rotana managed resorts in the Emirates to two and to five in total.
Selim El Zyr, President and CEO of Rotana, is presented the DEPA Award for the Best Innovator for the year 2004 in the Middle East.
Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, is presented the DEPA Prestige Award for the Best Innovator for the Year 2004 in the Middle East.
Rotana Hotel Management Corporation is awarded Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East by Al Iktissad Wal Aamal.
Rotana Hotels announce management agreements for two new properties in Beirut. The Hazmieh Rotana Hotel (150 rooms) opened in December 2003 and the Raouche Rotana Suites due to open in 2005.
Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman, wins the AWTTE award for being The Pioneer in the Tourism Industry in the Arab World.
Rotana wins the International Award for Best Performance from the Council of International Awards.
Rotana Hotels' restaurants win eleven out of twenty-one of the Whats On Awards and Nominations presented to UAE restaurants. A first for any hotel management company operating in the Emirates
Rotana Hotels is awarded the WTM 2002 Global Award in recognition for Best Operation in the Middle East and for its contribution to Tourism in the region.
The Beach Rotana Hotel completes its US$68 Million expansion to become the largest property in Abu Dhabi with 558 rooms and suites. The propertys name changes to Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers.
Rotana Hotels wins the Superbrand award for Excellence in Branding.
Selim El Zyr, President and CEO, wins the Horeca award for Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry.
Rotana employees number over 3,000 The total number of restaurants/dining venues at Rotana reaches 50 outlets with an additional 11 outlets to be opened mid 2002.
Rotana has grown to 13 properties around the region, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Egypt and Lebanon. The aim of opening a Rotana property in every major Arab city begins to yield fruit.
Two key people join Rotana. Nael Hashweh and Imad Elias bring extensive financial and marketing savvy to the Rotana mix.
The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers becomes the leading property in Abu Dhabi in terms of room occupancy and food and beverage customer-traffic. The hotel joins the elite The Leading Hotels of the World club.
Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Limited is established, quickly followed one year later by the opening of its first hotel, Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers in the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi.