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Sharjah government to develop Dh150m hotel

Constructi­on to begin by the end of this year

- BY SHAKIR HUSAIN Staff Reporter

The Sharjah government will invest Dh150 million in a new four-star hotel as part of a plan to develop its trade exhibition centre.

Located at Expo Centre Sharjah, the 200-room Novotel hotel will be operationa­l by the end of 2009.

“The need for a worldclass hotel facility for our overseas exhibitors and visitors at Expo Centre is obvious,” said Ahmad Mohammad Al Midfa, chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).

The chamber will invest between Dh150 million and Dh180 million in developing the hotel. Constructi­on of the building will begin by the end of 2007.

The 15-floor hotel tower will be connected to an adjoining 12-storey office block.

Sharjah wants to develop the Expo Centre area into a major venue for trade fairs and conference­s.

China maintains a permanent product display centre in the area and India and Egypt plan to build similar facilities in the area.

Second venture

The Expo Centre property will be French hotelier Accor’s second Novotel attached to an exhibition centre in the UAE. It manages the Novotel and Ibis hotels at the Dubai World Trade Centre complex.

Accor Middle East managing director Christophe Landais told Gulf News the hotelier has also signed a deal for building a threestar Ibis hotel on King Faisal Street of Sharjah.

Accor expects to manage 30 hotels in the UAE by 2010 and mid-range hotels will be a major focus of the strategy, Landais said.

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