dusitD2 Nairobi moves toward reopening following terror attack
Dusit International has announced it will reopen the dusitD2 Nairobi hotel following a terror attack that claimed the lives of 21 people.
The hotel was the scene of a shootout between Al-Shabaab militants of Kenyan security forces on January 15th, with four full-time employees and two contract security staff of the hotel losing their lives alongside other civilians.
Located in Nairobi’s Westlands neighbourhood, the 14 Riverside complex is a major commercial hub, housing numerous restaurants, shops, and international offices, as well as the dusitD2 hotel.
No guests were harmed in the attack.
The complex has since reopened with tenants and business owners returning to help to beautify the area.
The office buildings re-opened on January 28th with additional security measures bolstering the internationally certified systems and procedures the complex already has in place.
Michael Metaxas, general manager of dusitD2 Nairobi, said, “The spirit of determination that runs through the entire 14 Riverside community is heartening to see, and the support from everyone has been, and continues to be, incredible.
“This positive energy is driving us as we prepare the hotel to delight guests and visitors once more with delightful service, impressive design, and safe and comfortable surroundings for people to socialise, stay and conduct business.”
dusitD2 Nairobi, which has been temporarily closed since the incident, is located at the far end of the project in a private location away from the main entrance.
Lim Boon Kwee, chief operating officer, Dusit International, said: “While we are still deeply affected by the recent events at the 14 Riverside complex, morale is high and everyone is pulling together to create a special return for the hotel.
“As ever, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain our priority, and we will continue to have rigorous security procedures in place that contribute to the high levels of comfort and care for which we are known worldwide.”