Four Seasons eyes three Middle East openings

TORONTO -- Luxury hotel operator Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is set to open three hotels in the Middle East in the next two years -- two in Egypt and one in Jordan.

With the addition of the three properties, the Toronto-based hotelier will have five hotels in the Middle East along with hotels in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence, which opened last year.

The two Egypt hotels will be the Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, at the Sinai resort of Sharm El Sheikh, and the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza.

The Four Seasons Hotel Amman will be located in Jordan.

First to open will be the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh, on the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula.

The resort will have 140 guest rooms and will be built along terraced slopes to better show off the views of the Red Sea.

The hotel will have two restaurants, meeting rooms and a health club, including a saltwater pool.

The Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza will be the second, and larger, Four Seasons property in the Egyptian capital.

The 374-room hotel, set to open in 2002, is located in the Garden City area of Cairo, across the Nile from the Corniche.

Four restaurants will offer a range of dining options. Guests also can explore a tea lounge, a nightclub and a fitness area.

Also opening next year is the Four Seasons Hotel Amman, in the Jordanian capital.

The 197-room hotel will be perched on one of the highest points in the city, affording views of the area.

It will be situated to the north of Prince Faisal Circle, near the financial district.

The Amman hotel will have more than 30 suites, two restaurants, sizable meetings spaces and a spa that will feature saunas and treatment rooms.

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