Shaza plans Middle East portfolio

Shaza Hotels is to launch seven properties in as many countries, with its first opening in Dubai as early as the end of 2008.The product of a partnership between Kempinski and international financial firm, Guidance Financial Group, the Shaza Hotels group will own and operate properties in gateway cities around the Middle East.

Four projects - in Bahrain, Cairo, Jeddah, and Marrakech - will see the Shaza Hotels group play an owner-operator role, while projects in Doha, Dubai and Muscat will be operated under pure management contracts.

Christopher Hartley, chief executive officer of Shaza Hotels, said that he is delighted that the market response to Shaza’s brand concept has been so positive.

“Shaza is moving quickly to establish a unique position in the region’s fast growing five-star hospitality sector that celebrates the people, values, art and traditions of this culturally rich region” Hartley said.

To help ensure the successful construction, design and opening of Shaza’s hotels, a team of more than 15 professionals has been assembled.


Most recently, Henk Bruggeman, formerly of Kempinski, was named Vice President of Operations; Mila Troytsky, formerly of Hyatt, has been selected as Vice President of Design and Technical Services; and Lamya Kolthoum, formerly of Dubai Festival City, will act as Director of Marketing.

In addition, Shaza Hotels has reached agreement with leading partners and consultants to finalize brand-differentiating product concepts, relating to spa operations, interior design, food and beverage and children’s facilities.