Rotana has signed a hotel management agreement with Al Ibaa Company to operate a five-star property in Baghdad, Iraq. The hotel company will now operate the city's Babylon Hotel under its new brand name babylon Rotana Baghdad. 

Located next to the high-security Green Zone, the property includes 284 rooms, five dining venues, a business centre, meeting rooms and event venues, and a ballroom that can host up to 600 guests.

The property also features entertainment and leisure offerings, including tennis courts, a wellness club, indoor and outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pools, and kids’ play facilities.

Speaking about the agreement, Imad Al Yasri, chairman, Al Ibaa Company, said that they were looking forward to the upgrade of the famed hotel.

“We are confident that the partnership with Rotana will present a compelling value proposition for our guests, employees, and stakeholders, and further drive our business growt," he said.

 Guy Hutchinson, Acting CEO, Rotana, said that the signing was in line with the company’s plans to expand its presence in the region.

 “At Rotana, we will continue to seek new opportunities to further enhance our presence in this market,” he said.

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Babylon Rotana Baghdad will join the company’s three operating hotels in Iraq, including Erbil Rotana, Erbil Arjaan by Rotana, and Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana, bringing Rotana’s total inventory into 838 operating keys.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, Rotana will open Slemani Rotana, Sulaymaniyah, adding 240 rooms to the country’s growing hospitality inventory.