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World Travel Awards - UAE

  • Rotana voted Middle East's Leading Hotel Brand
  • The Cove Rotana voted UAE's Leading Family Resort
  • Beach Rotana voted Middle East Leading Corporate Resort
  • Park Rotana voted UAE's Leading Business Hotel
  • Arjaan by Rotana voted Middle East's Leading Luxury Hotel Apartments
  • Hili Rayhaan voted Al Ain's Leading Hotel
  • Al Murooj Rotana voted Middle East's Leading City Hotel
  • Erbil Rotana voted Iraq's Leading Hotel
  • Raouche Arjaan by Rotana voted Lebanon's Leading Business Hotel
  • Al Ghurair Rayhaan voted UAE's Leading City Hotel
  • Media Rotana Dubai voted Dubai’s Leading City Hotel
  • Al Marwa Rayhaan by Rotana voted Makkah’s Leading Hotel
  • ART Rotana voted Bahrain's Leading Hotel
  • Salalah Rotana Resort voted Oman's Leading Beach Resort
  • The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana voted Jordan's Leading Services Apartments

 Business Traveller Middle East Awards - 2015

  • Best Hotel Loyalty Programme in the Middle East: Rotana Rewards
  • Best Business Hotel In Doha: Oryx Rotana

Management Appointments / Moves

Guy Hutchinson is taking the position as Chief Operating Officer of Rotana effective 12 January 2014.

Selim El Zyr co-founder of Rotana takes over the position of Vice Chairman of Rotana and hands over the leadership of the company to Omer Kaddouri, as the new Chief Executive Office of Rotana, effective January 1, 2014.

Management Recognition

Omer Kaddouri, Rotana’s President and CEO was recognized by Switzerland’s prestigious Les Roches International School of Hotel Management with an Innovation Award for his outstanding contributions to the hospitality industry.

Omer Kaddouri, Rotana’s President & CEO recognizes Businessman of the Year for the 2014 Esquire Man at His Best Awards.

Omer Kaddouri, Rotana’s President & CEO scored number FIVE in the 2014 Hotelier Middle East Power 50 list.

World Travel Award – World Event 

  • Rotana World’s Leading Business Hotel Brand
  • Beach Rotana - World’s Leading Corporate Resort.

World Travel Awards- UAE

  • Rotana voted Middle East's Leading Hotel Brand
  • Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa voted UAE's Leading Family Resort
  • Beach Rotana voted Middle East Leading Corporate Resort
  • Park Rotana voted UAE's Leading Business Hotel
  • Burjuman Arjaan by Rotana voted Middle East's Leading Luxury Hotel Apartments
  • Al Ain Rotana voted Al Ain's Leading Hotel
  • Al Bustan Rotana voted Middle East's Leading City Hotel
  • Erbil Rotana voted Iraq's Leading Hotel
  • Gefinor Rotana voted Lebanon's Leading Business Hotel
  • Al Ghurair Rayhaan voted UAE's Leading Luxury City Hotel
  • Media Rotana Dubai, Dubai’s Leading City Hotel & Apartments
  • Al Marwa Rayhaan by Rotana, Makkah’s Leading Hotel

Word Travel Awards - Africa & Indian Ocean

  • Al Salam Rotana – Sudan’s Leading Hotel Suite

Business Travel Award

  • Best Hotel Loyalty Programme in the Middle East: Rotana Rewards
  • Best Budget Hotel Brand: Centro Hotels by Rotana

World Airport Awards - Skytrax

  • Oryx Rotana is named Best Airport Hotel in the Middle East

World Luxury Hotel Awards

  • Al Bustan Rotana – Middle East Luxury Airport Hotel – Continent winner
  • Al Murooj Rotana – Middle East Luxury City Hotel - Continent winner

 World Luxury Hotel Awards

  • Al Ain Rotana, Middle East Luxury Wedding Destination
  • Al Bustan Rotana Dubai, Middle East Luxury Airport Hotel
  • Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana, United Arab Emirates Luxury Design Hotel
  • Al Murooj Rotana Dubai, United Arab Emirates Luxury Business Hotel
  • Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Middle East Best Hotel Restaurant
  • BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai, Middle East Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • Nour Arjaan by Rotana, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates Best Serviced Apartment
  • The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, Middle East Luxury Coastal Resort

International Hotel Awards Arabia

  • Al Murooj Rotana, Dubai, 5* Award For Best Hotel Category, Dubai
  • Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai, 5* Award For Convention Hotel Category, Dubai
  • The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, Award For Hotel Architecture Category, Ras Al Khaimah
  • Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa, Fujairah, 5* Award For Resort Hotel Category, Fujairah 
  • Al Ain Rotana, Abu Dhabi, 5* Award Best Hotel Category, Abu Dhabi
  • Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, 5* Award Best Hotel Category, Abu Dhabi
  • Centro Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi, Award For New Hotel Construction & Design Category, Abu Dhabi
  • Al Salam Rotana Khartoum, 5* Award For Airport Hotel Category, Sudan
  • Boulevard Arjaan By Rotana, 5* Award For New Hotel Construction & Design Category, Jordan


Rotana was voted The Middle East's Leading Hotel brand at World Travel Awards 2013.

The individual properties' awards included:

  • Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa voted Middle East’s Leading Family Resort
  • Beach Rotana voted Middle East Leading Corporate Resort
  • Park Rotana voted Abu Dhabi’s Leading Business Hotel
  • Arjaan by Rotana voted Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel Apartments
  • Amwaj Rotana voted Dubai’s Leading City Hotel
  • Al Bustan Rotana voted Middle East’s Leading City Hotel
  • Erbil Rotana voted Iraq’s Leading Hotel
  • Gefinor Rotana voted Lebanon’s Leading Business Hotel
  • Al Manshar Rotana voted Kuwait’s Leading Business Hotel
  • Al Ghurair Rayhaan voted Leading New Hotel
  • Al Ghurair Arjaan voted Leading Serviced Apartment

 Business Traveller Middle East Awards

  • Best Hotel Loyalty Programme in the Middle East

Rotana announced the signing of its first agreements in Iskenderun, Turkey and in the capital of Mauritania, Nouakchott. 

Rotana announced the opening of Centro Capital Centre Abu Dhabi and the opening of Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai.

Management Recognition

Selim El Zyr was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious World Travel Market in recognition for his role in the development of the Middle Eastern tourism industry.

Selim El Zyr receives the Arab Business Leader of the Year Award at the 2012 Global Arab Business Meeting held in Ras Al Khaimah

Selim El Zyr receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Travel Market Globe Award, in recognition for his role in the development of the Middle Eastern tourism industry.

World Travel Awards 

Rotana receives the Fastest Expanding Hotel Brand award at World Travel Awards 2012

The individual properties' awards included

  • Rotana voted Middle East’s Leading Hotel Brand
  • Beach Rotana voted Middle East’s Leading Corporate Resort
  • Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana voted Middle East’s Leading Family Resort
  • Park Rotana voted Abu Dhabi’s Leading Business Hotel
  • Arjaan by Rotana voted Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel Apartment
  • Amwaj Rotana voted Dubai’s Leading City Hotel
  • Al Murooj Rotana voted Middle East’s Leading City Hotel
  • Erbil Rotana voted Iraq’s Leading Hotel
  • Gefinor Rotana voted Lebanon’s Leading Business Hotel
  • Oryx Rotana voted Qatar’s Leading Business Hotel

Business Traveller Middle East Awards

  • Best Hotel Loyalty Programme in the Middle East: Rotana Rewards
  • Best Budget Hotel Chain in the Middle East: Centro Hotels by Rotana

Rotana pushing ahead with its expansion plans and announcing the opening of six new hotels in the UAE, bringing its total to 33 in the emirates, the largest by any single hotel brand, local or foreign.

Three additional new outbound sales offices in China, India and Russia were inaugurated to support the expansion plans.

With these additions, Rotana increased its International sales offices portfolio to twelve present in UAE, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, KSA, Lebanon, Sudan, UK and Germany.

Rotana announce the opening of Centro Sharjah and Centro Al Manhal in Abu Dhabi, redefining the conventional concept of economical comfort

Rotana, was voted The Middle East's Leading Hotel brand at World Travel Awards 2011.

The individual properties' awards included:

  • Beach Rotana voted Middle East’s Leading Corporate Resort
  • Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana voted Middle East’s Leading Family Resort
  • Erbil Rotana voted Iraq’s Leading Hotel
  • Gefinor Rotana voted Lebanon’s Leading Business Hotel
  • Oryx Rotana voted Qatar’s Leading Business Hotel
  • Afamia Rotana voted Syria’s Leading Resort
  • Al Bustan Rotana voted Dubai’s Leading City Hotel
  • Park Rotana voted Abu Dhabi’s Leading Business Hotel

Business Traveller Middle East Awards: 2 awards

  • Best Hotel Loyalty Programme in the Middle East : Rotana Rewards
  • Best Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi 2nd Place: Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi

Rotana, and for the fourth year on a row, was voted The Middle East's Leading Hotel brand at World Travel Awards 2010.

The individual properties' awards included:

  • Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Middle East Leading Corporate Resort
  • Arjaan by Rotana Dubai, Middle East leading luxury Hotel Apartments
  • Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa, Middle East Leading Family Resort
  • Gefinor Rotana, Lebanon's Leading Business Hotel
  • Al Manshar Rotana, Kuwait's Leading Hotel
  • Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi's Leading Business Hotel
  • Media Rotana, Dubai's leading Meetings Hotel
  • The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah Leading Resort

Mr. Selim El Zyr, the President & CEO of Rotana, has been recognized as the number TWO in the Power50 Top Arab Nationals in Hospitality in the second edition of the Hotelier Middle East Power 50. Quoting Hotelier Middle East "Under El Zyr’s leadership, the company has achieved several new milestones over the last 12 months: the launch of its first ‘essential-service’ business- focused Centro brand, first in Abu Dhabi at Yas Island and then in Al Barsha Dubai, the opening of the world’s tallest hotel, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana in Dubai and the opening of Oryx Rotana, the firm’s first in Doha.”              

Rotana announced yet further significant milestones in its' enviable history of service, gaining further recognition of their commitment to quality customer care at this year's 16th Annual World Travel Awards, the premier global awards event that promotes excellence in the travel and tourism industry.

  • Rotana voted Middle East's Leading Hotel Brand
  • Gefinor Rotana voted Lebanon's Leading Business Hotel
  • Beach Rotana voted Middle East Leading Corporate Resort
  • Al Bustan Rotana voted Dubai's Leading City Hotel
  • Al Murooj Rotana voted Dubai's leading Meetings Hotel
  • Arjaan Dubai voted Middle East Leading Hotel Apartments
  • Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa voted Middle East Leading Family Resort

Rotana packed a total of 16 awards during the prestigious MENA awards and Business Traveller ME awards.

MENA Awards: 14 awards

  • Best Spa: 1 Silver award for Zen the spa at the Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi
  • Best 5 star Leisure Hotel: 1 Gold award for the Grand Rotana Resort & Spa, Sharm El Sheikh 1 Silver award for Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa, Al Aqah Beach
  • Best 4 star Business corporate hotel: 1 Silver award for Arjaan, Dubai 1 Platinum award for Villa Rotana, Dubai
  • Best new 4 star hotel of the year: 1 Platinum award for Arjaan Dubai, Dubai Media City
  • Best price value hotel: 1 Platinum award for Jumeira Rotana, Dubai
  • Best new 5 star hotel of the year: 1 Gold award for Media Rotana, Dubai
  • Best fine dining restaurant: 1 Silver award for Zaika at Al Murooj Rotana Dubai 1 Platinum award for Rodeo Grill at Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai
  • Best conference convention hotel: 1 Silver award for Al Murooj Rotana, Dubai 1 Gold award for Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai 1 Platinum award for the Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi
  • Best 5 star business corporate hotel: 1 Gold award for the Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi

Business Traveller Middle East: 2 awards

  • 2nd place: Best Business Hotel In Abu Dhabi (and the Southern Emirates) - Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi
  • 3rd place: Best Hotel Loyalty Programme - Rotana Rewards

Mr. Selim El Zyr, the President & CEO of Rotana, has been recognized as the Middle East's most powerful hotelier and the most influential industry professional in the first edition of the Hotelier Middle East Power 50. Quoting Hotelier Middle East "Having co-founded the Middle East's first hotel management brand 17 years ago, El Zyr has nurtured Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC into an international success. Respected industry-wide for creating a regional powerhouse, Selim El Zyr scores the top ranking in the first-ever Hotelier Middle East Power 50."

Rotana has been recognized for its continued resounding success by attaining five awards at this year's 15th Annual World Travel Awards, the premier global awards event that promotes excellence in the travel and tourism industry.

Rotana, voted The Middle East's Leading Hotel brand. Al Murooj Rotana voted Dubai's Leading Meetings Hotel Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa voted The Middle East Leading Family Resort. Beach Rotana awarded Abu Dhabi's Leading Beach Resort and Leading Business Hotel.

Rotana storms ahead with the signing of its first property in Baghdad, Iraq, to open in 2013.

Rotana wins and for the second year in a row the Category ‘Hotel, Group or Resort you would first recommend to clients heading to the Middle East' in the Selling Long Haul Awards 2008.

Jiwar Real Estate and Rotana announces the signing of the official management agreement for the milestone Rayhaan Al Marwa project in Makkah, Rotana’s first managed property in Saudi Arabia.

Rotana packed a total of 15 awards during the prestigious MENA awards and Business Traveller ME awards.

SHUAA Capital Saudi Arabia and Rotana sign master agreement to develop 17 properties with 5000 rooms across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Gardenia Real Estate Investment and Rotana, the leading Hotel Management Company in the Middle East, announced the signing of a partnership agreement for the management of a 5 star Hotel in Homs, Syria.

Orascom, SHUAA and Rotana announced a Joint Venture, which will invest in developing and operating budget business hotels in Egypt to be exclusively managed by Rotana.

“National Investment Corporation” and “Rotana Hotels” announced the signing of an agreement for the management of a 600 room luxury property in Marina Abu Dhabi.

Rotana announces a further extension of its brand structure with the launch of two new offerings: the alcohol-free Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana and Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana. This brand differentiation allows the group to enter new markets in new ways, even further cementing its regional market dominance.

Al Ain Rotana opens it’s expansion project adding 72 luxurious rooms, 12 suites and 2 new chalets further to the existing hotel.

ALDAR Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi’s largest integrated real estate company, signed agreements to develop four hotels which will be managed by Rotana in landmark collaboration between two of Abu Dhabi’s leading organizations.

“Malia”, the prominent Lebanese holding group and Rotana the leading Hotel Management Company in the Middle East, announced the signing of a partnership agreement for the management of a 5 star 205 roomed hotel in the city of Erbil, located in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Rotana packed a total of 16 awards during the prestigious What’s On awards, DEPA awards, MENA awards and Business Traveller ME awards.

Rotana Hotel management reached yet another milestone in its enviable history by winning the Middle East's Leading Hotel Brand at the 14th Annual World Travel Awards, the premier global awards event that promotes excellence in the travel and tourism industry.

Rotana opens it’s first 5 star property in Kuwait, Al Manshar Rotana Hotel

Rotana opens it's first 5 star property in Khartoum, Al Salam Rotana Hotel

Rotana opens it's first Resort in the UAE, Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa

Rotana doubles the size of its' portfolio throughout the Middle East with 53 properties by 2010

Rotana opens it’s first 4 star property in Dubai, BurJuman Rotana

Rotana announced the publishing of its' Culinary Book, Volume One, which is an amalgam of stunning images of food and décor showcasing the company’s International signature.

Saadiyat Island – Island of Happiness – the signature residential and tourism destination just 500 metres offshore the United Arab Emirate’s capital city - is to get a luxury Rotana Resort. An agreement for the sale of 809,000 square feet of beach front was signed between Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and its asset-management arm Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) and Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana.

Rotana announced the signing of a management agreement with Air Arabia for a 300-room hotel at Sharjah Airport under their innovative brand Centro by Rotana, offering affordable superior class accommodation and hospitality

Rotana announces their participation at the ITB in Berlin for the first time

Rotana announced the expansion of its portfolio in the rapidly developing Khartoum with the signing of an agreement to manage its second property in Khartoum, Sudan.

Rotana massive expansion plan bringing its portfolio to 42 by 2008

Rotana gained 20th place in the prestigious Forbes Arabia Top 40 Arab Brands list.

Rotana announces its' first time participation at the World Travel Market to be held in London

Rotana announces the opening of their first, Zen the spa at Rotana, at the Grand Rotana Resort & Spa, Sharm El Sheikh.

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Limited enters into a Private Placement Transaction which attracted regional institutional and individual investors for a 40% stake in the company comprising a capital increase and a partial sale by the existing shareholders.

Rotana packed a total of 13 awards and 8 nominations during the prestigious What’s On awards, DEPA awards, MENA awards and Business Traveller ME awards.

Nasser Al Nowais, was presented the award of “The Region’s Most Innovative Hotel Brand” at the fourth edition of the Horeca Hospitality Awards 2006.

Rotana and Orascom for Hotels & Development announces their strategic alliance with the signing of a new management contract for The Cove Rotana Resort & Spa, Ras Al Khaimah

Rotana wins Best Hotel Brand at the GCC National Brands Excellence Awards gaining further recognition of their commitment to quality customer care.

Rotana opens its’ first 5 star Resort in Sharm El Sheikh, the Grand Rotana Resort & Spa.

Another milestone for Rotana at the World Travel Awards with the Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers winning the “Middle East Leading Conference Hotel”, Gefinor Rotana Hotel, winning “Lebanon’s Leading Hotel" and Sharjah Rotana Hotel, winner of the "Sharjah's Leading Hotel" category.

Rotana announced sales & marketing alliances with Thistle Hotels, Affinia Hospitality and First Hotels

Rotana announces the launch of their new Rotana Rewards Exclusive Programme, a new and unique Programme in the Hospitality Industry

Rotana launches their exciting new brand of hotels, Centro by Rotana, offering affordable superior class accommodation and hospitality. Centro was developed to meet the demands of the new generation of travellers, who seeks both finesse and functionality at reasonable rates

Rotana signs agreements to manage an additional three luxurious properties: A 440-room five star hotel in Abu Dhabi, a second 400-room luxurious resort on Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, and an all-suite hotel in the new downtown Beirut.

Rotana announces the signature of five new management agreements - one property in Doha, three in Dubai (including one resort on Jumeirah beach) and one in Kuwait - all scheduled to open throughout 2006.

Rotana announces the signing of a management agreement to operate ‘Rose Rotana Suites’, the tallest all suite-hotel in the world. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, the property will have 72 floors and will be 323 meters high. It is scheduled to open in mid 2006.

Selim El Zyr, President and CEO of Rotana, is awarded the prestigious ‘Middle East CEO of the Year 2004 Award’ by Datamatix.

Rotana signs an agreement to manage the ‘Fujairah Rotana Resort’ on the east coast of the UAE. Expanding the number of Rotana managed resorts in the Emirates to two and to five in total.

Selim El Zyr, President and CEO of Rotana, is presented the DEPA ‘Award for the Best Innovator for the year 2004 in the Middle East’.

Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, is presented the DEPA ‘Prestige Award for the Best Innovator for the Year 2004 in the Middle East’.

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation is awarded ‘Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East’ by ‘Al Iktissad Wal Aamal’.

Rotana Hotels announce management agreements for two new properties in Beirut. The Hazmieh Rotana Hotel (150 rooms) opened in December 2003 and the Raouche Rotana Suites due to open in 2005.

Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman, wins the AWTTE award for being ‘The Pioneer in the Tourism Industry in the Arab World”.

Rotana wins the “International Award for Best Performance” from the Council of International Awards.

Rotana signs a management agreement to operate the ‘Queen Center Rotana Suites’ marking the first presence of Rotana in Damascus, Syria.

Rotana Hotels' restaurants win eleven out of twenty-one of the What’s On Awards and Nominations presented to UAE restaurants. A first for any hotel management company operating in the Emirates

Rotana Hotels is awarded the ‘WTM 2002 Global Award’ in recognition for ‘Best Operation in the Middle East and for its contribution to Tourism in the region.

The Beach Rotana Hotel completes its US$68 Million expansion to become the largest property in Abu Dhabi with 558 rooms and suites. The property’s name changes to Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers.

Rotana Hotels wins the Superbrand award for “Excellence in Branding”.

Selim El Zyr, President and CEO, wins the Horeca award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry”.

Rotana employees number over 3,000 The total number of restaurants/dining venues at Rotana reaches 50 outlets with an additional 11 outlets to be opened mid 2002.

Rotana has grown to 13 properties around the region, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Egypt and Lebanon. The aim of opening a Rotana property in every major Arab city begins to yield fruit.

1997

Rotana’s regional expansion starts early. Just four years after opening in Abu Dhabi, the group launches the Al Bustan Rotana in Dubai. The new property is immediately accepted into ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’.

1996

This years marks the opening of the first Rotana managed property in Dubai, Rimal Rotana.

1995

Two key people join Rotana. Nael Hashweh and Imad Elias bring extensive financial and marketing savvy to the Rotana mix.

1993

The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers becomes the leading property in Abu Dhabi in terms of room occupancy and food and beverage customer-traffic. The hotel joins the elite ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ club.

1992

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Limited is established, quickly followed one year later by the opening of its first hotel, Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers in the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi.

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