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Starwood to Debut Westin Hotels in Egypt with the New Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa Katameya Dunes

Set to Open Early in 2015, the Resort will Offer Golf Enthusiasts, Leisure and Business Travelers a Tranquil Retreat Steeped in Wellness in New Cairo District.

Friday, February 21, 2014
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it will soon introduce the Westin brand to Egypt with the opening of The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa Katameya Dunes early next year. Owned by New Cairo for Real Estate Investment Company SAE, the 128-room resort will be ideally located within the Katameya Dunes development, a 1.8 million square meter luxury residential compound in the New Cairo City District.

"We look forward to partnering with New Cairo for Real Estate Investment Company to introduce the Westin brand and its innovative wellness and lifestyle programming in Egypt,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Westin is enjoying phenomenal global growth due to the success of its distinctive wellness positioning, innovative products and brand-led programs, and we are excited to debut the brand in Cairo next year.”

"The Westin brand works particularly well with the Katameya Dunes concept and this collaboration is a perfect match, which we expect will create an exceptionally outstanding hotel experience," said the Abou Taleb brothers, Khaled and Tarek, owners and developers of Katameya Dunes.

The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa Katameya Dunes will be located within a prestigious and exclusive residential community with a 27-hole championship golf course designed by Nick Faldo & Brian Curley of Texas, USA and will be the development’s flagship resort. The hotel will offer golf enthusiasts, business and leisure travelers a tranquil retreat that is steeped in wellness and just 20 minutes from Cairo International Airport.

Situated in a breath-taking landscaped enclave, The Westin Cairo will offer 127 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and one presidential suite, all featuring the latest in-room technology as well as the renowned Westin Heavenly Bed®, Heavenly Bath®, Heavenly® Shower, Heavenly® Robe and exclusive White Tea Aloe bath amenities. The Westin Cairo Hotel & Spa will also offer four dining venues, including an all-day dining restaurant, a café, a bar and a lounge. Spanning 12,500 square metres, the hotel will provide other facilities such as a spacious ballroom, The Heavenly Spa by Westin™, the Nick Faldo & Brian Curley designed golf course, a pool, fitness center and a 24-hour business center.

"With the Westin brand’s reputation for industry firsts and a winning approach to well-being, we have earned guest loyalty and strong demand among owners and developers around the world,” said Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “The addition of The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa Katameya Dunes will strengthen Starwood’s extensive portfolio in the country, underlining our commitment to growth in one of the world’s most remarkable destinations.”

Starwood in Egypt
Starwood currently operates 11 hotels in Egypt under its Sheraton and Le Méridien brands, including Le Méridien Heliopolis, Le Méridien Pyramids, Sheraton Dreamland and the newly opened Le Méridien Cairo Airport in the capital city. The company also manages Le Méridien Dahab in South Sinai, Sheraton Sharm El Sheikh, Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna and Sheraton Soma Bay Resort at the Red Sea.

The company will re-open Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino in 2015 following an extensive and complete renovation. Starwood will also introduce two new luxury brands into the capital with The St. Regis Cairo in 2015 and W Cairo in 2016.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like the Heavenly Bed, delicious SuperFoodsRX™ and WestinWORKOUT® studio – have been designed with the guests’ well-being in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 190 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

About New Cairo for Real Estate Investment Company SAE
Owned by the Abou Taleb brothers, Khaled and Tarek, New Cairo for Real Estate Investment Company is renowned for having pioneered real estate development of gated communities in Cairo, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, which include residential villas, hotels, clubs, golf courses and numerous facilities that provide a self-sufficient living experience. The company continues to seek attractive opportunities in the field of real estate development.

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