The UAE’s Rotana Hotels announced the signing of two new hotels located in Sudan and Tanzania and expected to open their doors before 2020, disclosing the details during the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2014, in addition to the announcement of new properties in the UAE and Iran.

In Sudan, Rotana will be opening a second property in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum after Al Salam Rotana, with the new 221-room hotel set to open in 2019; while in Tanzania Rotana has signed a deal to establish a 249-room hotel, also in the capital, Dar es Salaam.

“The opening of these new hotels in these four markets falls in line with our strategic goal to operate 100 hotels by 2020. These are in addition to the properties announced earlier which will open in Turkey, Erbil, Jordan and Qatar,” said Omer Kaddouri, Rotana CEO and president.

“As the Middle East’s most successful home-grown hospitality brand, we believe we are well positioned to execute these expansion plans and to venture into new territories. Every hotel will feature mixed accommodation and retain Rotana’s design framework and operational layout while catering to the specific needs of guests from the regions they operate in.”

Rotana announced a total of five new properties in Dubai, bringing the group’s capacity in the country up to 13,518 keys, while a further four properties are planned for Iran.

Kaddouri continued: “Dubai continues to be a focus market for us and with Expo 2020 set to boost an already strong hospitality market, we plan on widening our footprint in the emirate. The new hotels will enable us to strengthen our market share in high demand areas.

“Iran’s tourism industry is bouncing back, highlighting the tremendous potential it has within the hospitality sector. Considering the increasing international interest in Iran, we are anticipating an excellent response for our four debut projects in the country.”