Nakheel Hotels has completed the second phase
extension of the Djibouti Palace Kempinski. The expansion of the hotel
has now increased its initial 177 guest room inventory to a total of 254
rooms and 55 furnished apartments.
The Djibouti Palace Kempinski opened in November
2006 and was the first five-star hotel to open in Djibouti and the
first hotel operated by Kempinski in East Africa.
phase of the hotel was built in a record nine months on 49,000 m2
of reclaimed land in a Red Sea inlet. The hotel was a major
development achievement as 97% of the construction
materials and hotel furnishings had to be imported. This enormous
logistics effort was made possible by the Port of Djibouti
operated by DP World, another Dubai World company
The opening of
the second phase of the hotel coincides with the inauguration of
the opening of Terminal 2 of the Port of Djibouti.
Joe Sita, CEO of Nakheel Hotels said, “We are delighted with
the successful expansion of the Djibouti Palace Kempinski,
Djibouti’s first five-star hotel. Nakheel Hotels has always
followed a strategy of investing in key gateway cities around the
world, alongside up-and-coming destinations which offer huge
growth potential. The expansion of both our hotel and DP World’s
Port of Djibouti reflects growth in business travel and investment
in East Africa.”
Located at the Horn of
Africa, the hotel boasts state-of-the-art banquet and conference
facilities and has hosted high profile conferences and events,
including the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern
Africa) Summit attended by leading politicians and Heads of State
from around the world.
The second phase of the hotel
integrates the traditional Swahili and Arabic architectural style
of the initial phase and includes six levels of deluxe hotel rooms
and suites, retail outlets, lounges and restaurants, a modern gym,
as well as luxury hotel apartments. Construction of both phases of
the hotel was carried out by renowned Japanese builder Taisei.
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