Marriott International has signed agreements
with Empire Iraq to manage two hotels in Erbil, Iraq.
200-room, upscale Marriott Hotels & Resorts-branded hotel and a
75-unit deluxe Marriott Executive Apartments property are
scheduled open simultaneously in 2014.
The addition of these two
hotels, Marriott's first in Iraq, extends the company's hotel
portfolio to 74 countries around the world.
hotels will be part of a large mixed-use project called Empire
World, now under construction, that includes residential towers,
private villas, office towers and retail and leisure space.
Located in Kurdistan in the northern part of Iraq, Erbil is the
gateway to the region and is served non-stop from Europe and the
Middle East by a number of international air carriers including
Lufthansa, Etihad, Turkish, Royal Jordanian and Fly Dubai.
“Erbil is an encouraging destination with a lot of
economic and commercial opportunity. Believed to be one of the
oldest, continuously inhabited communities in the world, Erbil
dates back to around 6000BC,” said Ed Fuller, president & managing
director of international lodging for Marriott International. “The
city serves as a gateway to a region with vast deposits of oil and
gas, fertile soil for agriculture and antiquities. We are pleased
to be working with Empire Iraq on this prestigious project and
look forward to doing what we can to help instill a sense of
market confidence in terms of the area’s security. We are
confident that this significant development will help the people
of Erbil and Kurdistan achieve their positive visions of the
The 200-room Erbil
Marriott will provide a range of amenities, connectivity and
services to help business travelers achieve their objectives. Recreational amenities will include an
extensive fitness facility, an on-site spa and an outdoor swimming
The hotel’s four restaurants and lounges will
include a casual all-day dining experience
and two specialty restaurants, one of which will offer seasonal
outdoor terrace seating. A lobby lounge, also offering seasonal
terrace seating, will be part of a versatile, multi-purpose space
that will serve as a social center for guests and local residents
to meet with friends and colleagues, relax, or plug in their electronic devices any time, day or evening. Other amenities will
include an executive level, a business center, a lobby gift shop,
24-hour room service, in-room mini-bar and safes, flat screen TV,
and internet connectivity.
For social events and
conferences, the hotel will have 11,400 square feet of meeting
space comprised of an 8,000 square-foot ballroom which will be
divisible into three sections; three 800 square-foot
interconnecting meeting rooms and two 500 square-foot board rooms.
Designed for extended stay travelers, the 75-unit
Marriott Executive Apartments Erbil will offer the convenience of
a five-star, full-service hotel with the space, ambience and
privacy of residential living. It will be located in a separate
building adjacent to the hotel and, although its residents will be
able to avail themselves of all the services and amenities offered
by the Erbil Marriott, they will have their own leisure
facilities, lobby and a residents’ lounge.
The property will offer
a mix of studios, and one and two-bedroom units, each with a fully
equipped kitchen, contemporary furnishings, state of the art
connectivity, flat screen television, a washer-dryer, maid
service, on-site storage and other services.
“We are very excited to welcome Marriott
to Empire World,” said Peshraw Agha, chairman of the board of
Empire. “Marriott is the first truly global hotel brand to
recognize the potential of Iraq and establish not one but two
properties in Kurdistan. Empire World is an upscale, unique live,
relax and work destination and we think that the Erbil Marriott
and the Marriott Executive Apartments Erbil are true jewels in the
development. Erbil is the center of growth in the area and
Marriott’s commitment to these projects clearly indicates that
Erbil has arrived as an international city befitting such
prestigious and quality brands.”
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