Rocco Forte Expands Into Middle East

The Rocco Forte Collection signed a management contract for a hotel in Abu Dhabi, marking the luxury hotelier's first venture in the Middle East. Slated to open in 2010, the Abu Dhabi hotel will have 282 rooms, including two Presidential Suites and 29 other suites. The 12-story property will also contain a swimming pool, a spa, extensive meeting space and several restaurants and bars, including a bar suspended on the fifth floor of a 10-story atrium.

Rocco Forte currently has 11 hotels in major European cities, with a Prague hotel due to open this year. The group will also add a property in Marrakech, Morocco, in 2010. Visit http://www.roccofortecollection.com. (AO)