Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region with hotels across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, has signed a strategic partnership with ConnecME Education, a leading education services provider based in Abu Dhabi, to become the company’s regional hotel partner.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, and Mohammmad Shadid, CEO of ConnecME Education, at a press conference marking the partnership.

As part of the partnership, Rotana properties across the region will be the exclusive host of ConnecME Education’s international crew, with room nights from this segment in Rotana hotels expected to exceed 25,000 by end of 2017. In addition, Rotana will also be the UAE’s official test centre for ACT, which is a curriculum-based education and career planning tool for high school students that assesses the mastery of college readiness standards.

“As a leading home-grown hospitality company, Rotana remains committed to playing an active role in driving the growth of the tourism sector in the UAE. Our partnership with ConnecME is in line with our focus on education as part of our sustainability platform Rotana Earth. The agreement will enable us to do this through tapping into the country’s growing prominence as a regional educational hub. By being the exclusive host of ConnecME Education’s international crew, we look forward to extending UAE’s warm and welcoming hospitality to members of the global educational community,” said Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana.

“The Rotana Group is an internationally acclaimed company that is a stalwart of the region that we are excited to join us in this partnership of educational excellence. We are proud that this partnership comes at a time when education and global citizenship have never been more important and we believe that together, we can play a critical role assisting students to reach their potential, and through our partnership for them to have access to global excellence” said Mohammad Shadid, CEO of ConnecME Education.

ConnecME is an international educational company that understands the importance of empowerment and global citizenship. With our strong partnerships we aim to provide tailored educational solutions to meet the unique needs of schools, universities, and government departments. With ACT our goal is to provide students with opportunities to help them become globally competitive and to attain excellence and recognition in the global domain. We see our role as one of continuous support to the student, in helping them open more doors to opportunities both home and abroad.