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Press Room

11TH SEPTEMBER 2007

1000 ROOM GOLDEN TULIP IN AJMAN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

1000 ROOM GOLDEN TULIP IN AJMAN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATESGolden Tulip Hospitality welcomes one of the largest properties in United Arab Emirates to its family, the Golden Tulip Ajman, due to open early 2008

Ajman (UAE) / Lausanne (CH) 11 September 2007; Golden Tulip Hospitality Group is proud to announce the signing of a management agreement for its largest hotel within its portfolio, the Golden Tulip Ajman.

The new 4 & 5 star Hotel, Golden Tulip Ajman, comprises of 1000 rooms, Suites and Apartments. The construction project has been divided into two phases;

- Phase 1 opens in early 2008 and comprises of 444 Hotel Suites and Apartments spread in three towers, The Residence, The Suites, The Executive Apartments, each having a mixture of studios, 1 bedroom and connecting rooms making it an ultimate family and businessmen choice.
- Phase 2 is a 550 room Hotel with a revolving restaurant, the first of its kind in the emirate of Ajman, expected to open in 2nd quarter 2009.

Ajman, or Ujman is the smallest member state of the United Arab Emirates, with an area of just 260 square kilometres. Its capital is Ajman. Located along the Persian Gulf, it also controls Masfut and Manama, two small, inland enclaves that are primarily agricultural. The population of approximately 235,000 is located mainly in the capital, Ajman. The population was only 36,100 in 1980 but grew considerably in recent years, due to an influx of people from the neighboring emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, and other countries.

Hans W. R. Kennedie, President and C.E.O. of Golden Tulip Hospitality, explains: “Golden Tulip Ajman is a welcomed addition to our expanding UAE portfolio. Tourism in Ajman is currently undergoing a major transformation and will soon become one of the region’s top business and leisure destinations. It’s important that Golden Tulip is part of this development.”

Amine E. Moukarzel, Senior Vice-President, Middle East & Africa, at Golden Tulip Hospitality adds; “We thank our owners for having trusted in us such an opportunity. With this addition we have become a major contributor to hospitality, business and tourism in the UAE and Middle East in general”.

Fadi Salamoun, Regional Business Development Manager for Golden Tulip Hotels, Inns & Resorts, MENA “We are very proud to acquire this beautiful landmark in Ajman, a city with great development potential. We look into this strategic move as to further strengthen our position as one of the leading chains in the region”.

With the addition of the Golden Tulip Ajman the current hotel portfolio in the Middle East & Africa comprises of 37 hotels with over 7000 rooms in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen and aiming to reach 50 hotels, inns & resorts by the year 2010.

About Golden Tulip Ajman
The property has intensive meeting and banquet facilities and positioned to be the business landmark of Ajman, an Emirate with massive development projects in the pipeline. The hotel is located by the new “Hamidiya” flyover bridge and intersection, the new downtown of Ajman. On the other hand, Golden Tulip Ajman is 10 minutes away from the Sharjah International Airport and 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

On the leisure side, the property promises fun and recreation for visiting families and business traveler alike with several pools, a large gymnasium and fitness center, sauna, steam Jacuzzi, Restaurants and F&B Outlets, dedicated children play areas, shopping arcade and many more promising it guests lots of fun and an enjoyable stay.

About Golden Tulip Hospitality Group

Golden Tulip Hospitality Group (www.goldentulip.com), with its head office Lausanne, Switzerland, is a worldwide hospitality company with more than 780 hotels, 76.000 rooms in more than 50 countries. The Golden Tulip Hospitality Group franchises and manages hotels in Europe, the Middle East & Africa, the Asian Pacific Region and the Americas. In 2007, Hotels Magazine has ranked this company the 18th largest hotel chain.

As a multi-brand hospitality firm, the Golden Tulip Hospitality Group offers services in the three, four and five star categories. The three-star concept is the Tulip Inn for the limited-service first-class category, the four-star category falls under the Golden Tulip brand for the Superior First-Class business and Resort hotels and the recently introduced five-star concept Royal Tulip. In addition Golden Tulip offers its services through its commercial alliance with TOP International, a German based hotel consortium.

In the fall of 2006, Golden Tulip introduced BRANCHE, Restaurant, Bar and Lounge. This is a free standing restaurant chain, which will have establishments in most Golden Tulip Hotels and Tulip Inns operated by Golden Tulip. (For more information please visit www.brancherestaurants.com)


For more information, please contact:

Golden Tulip Hospitality Group
Alexandra Alexandropoulou
Corporate Communications Manager
World Trade Center
Avenue de Gratta - Paille 2
1000 Lausanne 30 Grey
Switzerland
Tel: +41 21 641 1957
Fax: +41 21 641 1945
Email:alexandra.alexandropoulou@goldentulip.com

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