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Luxury hotels in Baghdad

Baghdad is known by its depiction in the news media of a city rife with war and mired with bombings and other violent terrorist attacks. But there is another side to the Iraqi capital. There is an increasing international business presence. With business people now frequenting the city, it is this stream of visitors that the Saudi Arabian hotel firm Rotana wants to tap into. Rotana plans to be the first to build a luxury hotel in Baghdad’s ‘Green Zone’. The new five-star hotel will open its doors in 2012 with 250 rooms and suites, a swimming pool, a health club and several restaurants. Room rates will start at $250 per night in the new Baghdad hotel, since operational costs are high as a result of security concerns in the volatile location.

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