Essa Bokhowa, Chairman of Miami Property Co. represented by Fawaz Essa Bokhowa, Managing Director, and owners of this new hotel development – and Swiss-Belhotel International’s Chairman and President, Gavin Faull, and Regional Director of Operations & Development for the Middle East, Magdi Samman, were present at the signature ceremony.
“Bahrain is fully committed to expanding its tourism product, and as the 2013 Arab Capital of Tourism we are already seeing new opportunities take shape, buoyed by multi-billion dollar infrastructure development and a growing calendar of world-class, including Formula One, events. With the arrival of Swiss-Belhotel International, we will set new standards in four-star accommodation and attract a new audience to our shores,” said Bokhowa.
According to Alpen Capital’s October 2012 GCC Hospitality Industry Report, Bahrain’s hospitality market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.8% by 2016, prompting forecasted tourism arrival CAGR growth of 2.9% by 2022.
“Our partnership with Miami Property Company is one of a shared goal to maximise the untapped potential within Bahrain’s mid-level hospitality sector. The Swiss-Belhotel Seef marks our entry into the Kingdom and, with its prime location in the new CBD, sets an example of the country’s bright tourism future,” remarked Faull.
Scheduled to open for business in the first quarter of 2014, the Swiss-Belhotel Seef is situated in the heart of the new business district, close to government ministries and local and multinational company headquarters, as well as the popular Seef Mall.
A 29-storey tower commanding breathtaking sea and city views, the four-star hotel has 149 spacious guestrooms and suites, state-of-the-art facilities and an all-day-dining restaurant occupying a stunning 10th floor poolside terrace, and speciality rooftop restaurant with panoramic views out over the coastline. It will also offer sophisticated conference facilities, a health and fitness centre including sauna and steam rooms, as well as swimming pool with Jacuzzi.