DEPA set to ‘stand out’ at hotel show

Dubai-based Depa United Group PJSC the region’s largest international interior contracting company is all set to ‘stand out’ at The Hotel Show, the Middle East’s leading supplies event for the region’s burgeoning hospitality and leisure sectors.
With a spectacular display measuring some 170 square metres, Depa will be by far the largest exhibit at the industry showcase, which is due to take place on 4-6 June 2006.

Mohannad Sweid, CEO of Depa commented,

“The Hotel Show has grown substantially since its inception in line with the growth in hotel development. Industry analysts have estimated that 130 new hotels will come on stream in the GCC by 2010. We want to consolidate our market-leading position and so we decided to make a dramatic impact with the size and design of our stand this year.’

In all, over 25,000 rooms will be added to the existing regional hotel room stock by 2008. A total of 28 chains representing 43 hotel brands will open their doors for business within the next two years representing 25,000 rooms. Although many of the existing international chains are increasing their presence around the region, new brands are set to make their Middle East debuts such as Banyan Tree, Armani, Bonnington and Chelsea.

After three decades of excellence Depa has built up an enviable reputation throughout the industry and continues to present specialized full scope fit-outs and furnishing for major five star luxury hotels. This has afforded Depa an impressive portfolio of clients which in Dubai alone includes the seven-star Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Grand Hyatt, and the Fairmont.


Regionally Depa has enjoyed major contract wins with the Four Seasons in Sharm El-Sheikh, Nile Plaza and Doha. Internationally Depa boasts Radisson SAS Cannes, Ledra Marriott Athens, Radisson Parkway Orlando and the Hilton Osaka amongst its clientele. Current ongoing projects include the Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza in Dubai Festival City, plus more than twenty other prestigious projects in France, Sudan and India.

‘With record revenues and occupancies, owners and investors are now trying to be more creative with their interior design and where necessary go the extra mile in terms of budget. With over nine million extra room nights available by the end of 2008, they have already identified the need to maintain a competitive edge as inevitably market supply and demand ratios will take time to stabilise’, added Sweid.

Since an AED 475 million capital injection from selected investment houses and private investors earlier this year, Depa through its head office in Dubai, has been in bullish mood making a number of strategic acquisitions to support their extensive network of offices in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Cairo, Casablanca, Khartoum, Jeddah, Milan and Shanghai.

Depa has also developed customised professional services for financing and products leasing. It is an asset-based financing scheme for the contracted work that requires no collateral or bank guarantee and is usually payable over a four to five year period.

About Depa:

Depa is an Interior Contracting company specializing in full scope Fit-Out and Furnishing of Five Star Luxury Hotels, Yachts and Facilities. Depa’s main office is in Dubai with branches in Milan, Cairo and Abu Dhabi, and site offices in various cities in the Middle East & North Africa. This network allows Depa’s clients to benefit from the knowledge, organizational ability, purchasing power and facilities it provides.

Some of Depa’s references in UAE are: Burj Al Arab, Conference Palace Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Grand Hyatt, Al Bustan Rotana, Fairmont, and Hilton. In Egypt: Four Seasons Sharm El-Sheikh, Four Seasons Nile Plaza, Four Seasons San Stefano, J.W. Marriott Cairo, Sheraton Alexandria, Hilton Luxor, and Crown Plaza Sharm El-Sheikh. In other areas: Four Seasons Doha, Sheraton Bahrain, Grand Hyatt Muscat, Sheraton Amman, Le Royal Amman, Radisson SAS Cannes, Ledra Marriott Athens, Radisson Parkway Orlando, Hilton Osaka.

After three decades of Hotel Interiors accomplishments Depa continues to present magnificent achievements in turnkey interiors of five star luxury Hotels and Yachts, and has developed professional customized services for financing and products leasing that allow clients to benefit from extended financial facilities.