Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Terengganu's first Islamic hotel to have segregated pool and gym

Terengganu's first Islamic hotel, the Riviera Hotel, will have segregated swimming pool and gymnasium for men and women.
State Islam Hadhari and Welfare Committee chairman, Datuk Rosol Wahid, said the proposed 120-room three-star hotel will be a joint venture project between Malay Custom and Islamic Council (Maidam) and P.A.E Builders Sdn Bhd.

Speaking to reporters at the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony at Wisma Darul Iman here yesterday, he said it is an Islamic concept and such an establishment will be another attraction for the state.

“Maidam would provide the 16,000 sq ft of land in Kampung Panglima while construction cost of the seven-storey hotel will be borne by the company,” he said.

According to Maidam chief executive officer Datuk Alwi Muhamad, the hotel will be completed in two years.
He said the hotel will then be leased to the company for a period of 25 years and after that, the council will assume ownership responsibility of the property.

P.A.E Builders chairman Datuk Rushdan Mohamad said the construction works will start early next year.

"The company has been in existence for more than 20 years and we have vast experience in the hospitality industry as we are currently running two hotels in Pulau Langkawi.

"Our investment here is estimated to be between RM20 and RM25 million and we intend to complete the project as soon as possible to take advantage of the large number of tourists visiting the state, especially from the Middle East," he said.

Source : NST
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