Rotana adds Babylon Rotana Baghdad to Iraq portfolio

Babylon Rotana Baghdad

Following the signing of a management agreement with Al Ibaa Company, Rotana is now operating Baghdad’s well-known Babylon Hotel under its new name, Babylon Rotana Baghdad.

The property is ideal for both long- and short-stay guests. It stands in a prime location next to the high-security Green Zone and is within arm’s reach of the Tigris River. Adding to this, Baghdad International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.

Babylon Rotana Baghdad is home to 284 modern rooms and suites, which offer views of Baghdad’s skyline and the Tigris River. Facilities include five dining venues; an extensive business centre; fully-equipped meeting rooms and event venues; and a ballroom that can host up to 600 guests. Leisure facilities include tennis courts, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club, temperature controlled indoor and outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pools, and kids’ play facilities.

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Chairman, Al Ibaa Company, Imad Al Yasri said: “It gives us immense pleasure to partner with Rotana to operate our five-star property in Baghdad, and we are excited about the planned upgrade and refurbishment of the hotel. We are confident that the partnership with Rotana will present a compelling value proposition for our guests, employees, and stakeholders, and further drive our business growth. We look forward to working closely with Rotana to enhance the overall performance of the hotel, thereby contributing to the development of a thriving hospitality market in the capital city.”

Also commenting was acting CEO, Rotana, Guy Hutchinson: “At Rotana, we are delighted to have made a strong start to the New Year with the signing of the agreement to operate the Babylon Rotana Baghdad. This new milestone is closely aligned with our vision to further deepen our footprint in the region and cement our leadership position in the hospitality sector.”

“As a result of its ambitious reconstruction efforts, Iraq has achieved tremendous progress in accelerating economic growth and development and improving the security environment in the country over the last few years. Likewise, the capital Baghdad has been experiencing a robust increase in the number of corporate and leisure travellers, thanks to its greater financial stability and rebounding tourism sector. With these prospects, the country is increasingly becoming an attractive market for hospitality investments. At Rotana, we will continue to seek new opportunities to further enhance our presence in this market,” he added.

Babylon Rotana Baghdad joins the hospitality expert’s three operating hotels in Iraq, including Erbil Rotana, Erbil Arjaan by Rotana and Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana. In Q4 of this year, Rotana will inaugurate Slemani Rotana, Sulaymaniyah.