Tourism Expected to Flourish in Aden [Archives:2001/24/Business & Economy]

June 11 2001

According to tourism experts, in the past few years Aden has proven to be a destination with great potential for tourism activity in the Republic of Yemen. Local and foreign tourism have started to flourish in the coastal city in the past years despite the lack of many basic tourism infrastructure.
Observers from other countries in the region have also noticed the growth of tourism in the city of Aden, especially after the inauguration of luxury hotels including the Sheraton Gold Mohur Hotel & Resorts. The 130-room 5 star Sheraton hotel includes one royal suite, eight gold suites and eight junior suites plus a wide range of restaurants, banquet and conference facilities.
According to Gulf News, “Efforts to increase tourism have received a boost with new developments, including the recent property in Aden joining the Starwood roster. Sheraton Gold Mohur Hotels & Resort.
It is located on the Gulf of Aden and offers guests a private beach and an abundance of recreational and business facilities.
Sheraton Gold Mohur Aden’s owner is Al Kathiri Investment Group, which signed a 20-year management agreement with Starwood.
“We are delighted with our property in Aden. Our investment program includes more tourism-oriented projects which are in fact on the drawing board.” Said Dr. Abdullah Al-Kathiri, Chairman of Al Kathiri Investment Group.”
Furthermore, there are several tourism attractions underway right now. For example, the Hayel Saeed Anam Group is currently involved in a massive tourism attraction in Aden resembled in a Shopping Center in one of the most beautiful locations in Aden. The project, which has an estimated cost exceeding USD 50 million, will be the largest shopping mall in the Republic of Yemen, and among the largest in the Arabian Peninsula.
“There is a lot of potential in the city of Aden in terms of tourism, business, and economy. We expect the city of Aden to grow exponentially in the near future, especially once the Aden Free Zone has starts revealing its fruits,” said the governor of Aden, Mr. Taha Ahmed Ghanim.
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