Luxury Hotels

Qatar – Tanzania

In Doha two days ago, HE Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality, and Sébastien Bazin, Chairman/CEO of Accor, signed that the Lusail Tower, above, will hold a 361-room Fairmont and a 132-suite Raffles. Lusail Tower has been designed by Dar Al-Handasah (DAR), led by its founder Kamal Shair: DAR works extensively in Africa, as exemplified by Ibadan’s master plan, and Sheraton Nouakchott, and it is currently working on a 2-MW Solar Photovoltaic Farm in Kazakhstan.

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After an 11-year hiatus, Kempinski will be back in Tanzania, where it is now partnering with Helios Lodges Company, part of Sofia- based TTS Group (it owns eight hotels in Bulgaria).  Lachezar Todorov, CEO of Helios Lodges Company, is a construction professional.  In Tanzania, Helios plans Kempinski Msasa Lodge Lake Manyara, with a total of 22 tents; Serengeti National Park will see a 75-room Kempinski Longosa Lodge Serengeti, and Tarangire National Park, a bird heaven with more than 550 species, will have Kempinski Kitbong Hill Tarangire, also 75 rooms.

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Talking of Kempinski, it is time once again to hear that esteemed company’s Asia boss, Michael Henssler: