US lodging firm Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT) said it has signed an agreement with Mase Co LLC to open a new-build Sheraton hotel in Dohuk, in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in northern Iraq.
Scheduled to debut early next year, the Sheraton Dohuk Hotel will be the first of four new Starwood hotels to open in Iraq after 20 years, and will be the first internationally-branded hotel in the emerging city of Dohuk, the firm said.
Situated in Dohuk on the border of Turkey, the 202-room Sheraton Dohuk Hotel will be located at the top of a hill with views overlooking the entire city and nearby mountains.
Starwood said that the hotel will feature an all-day dining venue, a signature restaurant, and four lounges. Sheraton Dohuk Hotel is set to become the choice gathering place for business travellers, offering extensive meeting and event space, including three ballrooms for special events.
Sheraton Dohuk will mark Starwood´s re-entry into Iraq, which will be followed by the opening of Sheraton Erbil Hotel, Aloft Erbil and Four Points by Sheraton Erbil in the capital of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in 2015.
The firm currently operates nearly 50 hotels in the Middle East and continues to strengthen its long-established position as one of the leading luxury hotel operators in the region, with plans to open over 30 hotels in the next few years.
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