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Expanding to new frontiers

Article - March 7, 2013
Voted Kuwait’s Best Business Hotel, Crowne Plaza Kuwait is home to the country’s largest ballroom, its first Aquatonic pool, and a raft of different dining possibilities. Now, the hotel is further enlarging its conference facilities and nearly tripling the number of guestrooms and suites
ABOVE RIGHT: CROWNE PLAZA’S EXQUISITE SPA AQUATONIC. CENTER: THE HOTEL’S SHABESTAN IRANIAN RESTAURANT, WHICH SERVES AUTHENTIC PERSIAN CUISINE
With a $125 billion development plan in the works, a solid oil industry, a renewed emphasis on tourism, and a strong democratic tradition, Kuwait is a natural magnet for foreign investment and business and is on its way to restoring its reputation as the “Pearl of the Gulf”. 
 
Serving the accommodation and conference needs of a large number of these businesspeople – and not to mention the growing number of tourists – is Crowne Plaza Kuwait, now in the process of augmenting its size. 
 
“Crowne Plaza expansion is aligned with the elements of the Development Plan,” says Ramy Haykal, General Manager. “We are expanding so that it will become the biggest hotel and convention center in Kuwait.”
 
Already ranked as the country’s Best Business Hotel in 2011 by the Business Traveler Middle East magazine and ArabianBusiness.com, as well as by Trip Advisor, Crowne Plaza Kuwait is undergoing a three-phase expansion that will further cement its popularity among travelers and locals alike. 
 
In the pipeline are six new multi-purpose convention halls and a 200-seat auditorium, which will grow existing meeting and banquet facilities from 32,300  to 86,100 sq.ft. Also, 220 more guestrooms and suites (in addition to the present 300) and 140 extended-stay suites are to be added. 
 
In summer 2012, the hotel completed the first part of Phase 2: the opening of Kuwait’s largest five-star ballroom. 
 
The stunning Al Baraka Grand Ballroom boasts 25-foot high ceilings, 17,200 sq.ft. of space divisible into four sections, a programmable state-of-the-art lighting system and a private VIP entrance and separate VIP lounge area. Events hosted in Al Baraka are catered by Fauchon, one of France’s leading caterers of contemporary French cuisine.
 
One need not attend a special event, however, to enjoy Fauchon’s delights; the Fauchon Boutique and Salon de Thé offers Parisian breakfasts, afternoon tea, and a delightful offering of pastries, teas and coffees. 
“The hotel is now considered a destination in itself, offering both leisure and business travelers an unmatched experience in kuwait.”

Ramy Haykal, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Kuwait
The hotel’s seven restaurants offer a wide range of fare, from Japanese, Lebanese, Iranian and Italian to steak, seafood, and international cuisine. Outside, guests can enjoy the newly refurbished hotel pool and its bar, which offers a wonderful choice of light meals, snacks and beverages. 
 
Another novelty at Crowne Plaza Kuwait is its Spa Aquatonic, an  award-winning 38,000 sq.ft. spa offering pampering health and beauty treatments and the Middle East’s first-ever Aquatonic Pool in an ambience of candlelight, soothing aromas, and sheer tranquility. 
 
From its guestrooms and conference centers to its dining options and leisure facilities, Mr. Haykal says, “The amenities that Crowne Plaza Kuwait offers are unlike any other hotel in the country.” 
 
“Crowne Plaza Kuwait is both an icon and a legacy,” he adds. “The hotel is now considered a destination in itself, offering both leisure and business travelers an unmatched experience in Kuwait.” 

Established in 1982, the hotel is part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the largest hotel chains in the world, from which it has won the Quality Excellence award in 2009 and 2010, based on its high standards in product quality, hotel operations and customer satisfaction. 
 
The hotel is conveniently and centrally located, with easy access to everything travelers may need. “It all boils down to location, location, location,” says Mr. Haykal, explaining why Crowne Plaza Kuwait is ideal for incoming travelers. 
 
“It is highly accessible from all major highways, the airport, shopping malls and business districts. Not to mention the safety and security the hotel offers to our esteemed guests, in addition to the variety of international cuisines, the health club with its stunning outdoor pool and finally our pride – the impressive Spa Aquatonic.”
 
Additional services the Crowne Plaza Kuwait offers guests are a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service, a complimentary bus shuttle to Kuwait City and The Avenues Mall, ample parking spaces, 24-hour room service, a 24-hour Business Center, visa assistance, and a National car rental desk. Free WiFi is also available in all public areas and guestrooms.
 
The hotel’s 300 rooms and suites are equipped with DVD players and a selection of DVDs, Bose music systems, voice mail, minibars, satellite TV, data ports on the telephones, and tea and coffee making facilities. 

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