InterContinental Regency Bahrain, one of the leading five star hotels in the Kingdom, celebrated on Sunday, December 13th 2015, 35 years of establishment in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the presence of His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Royal Highness, the Prime Minister, and His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa, along with other honored dignitaries, VIP guests, corporate clients, invited guests and members of the media.
The celebratory reception was hosted in the Al Rifaa Ballroom.
During the course of the evening, IHG and United Hotels Company, the owning company of InterContinental Regency Bahrain, signed a further 10-year extension of the management agreement for the hotel.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Omar Al Mardhi, the Chairman and Managing Director of United Hotels Company – and Mr. Pascal Gauvin, IHG’s Chief Operating Officer for India, the Middle East and Africa (IMEA).
Currently, the hotel has a total of 321 rooms, with luxurious ballrooms, facilities and restaurants that have hosted various events, as well as local and international conferences. Since the start of its operations in November 1980, InterContinental Regency Bahrain continues to establish itself as the hotel of choice for many travelers; having gained a most trusted and favoured reputation over the past 35 years.
The Hotel has succeeded in carving a niche for itself as the business hotel of choice in the kingdom of Bahrain. Over the past three and a half decades, InterContinental Regency Bahrain has hosted key figures and dignitaries in its premises from several countries for various occasions. Having hosted major international conferences and summits, InterContinental Regency Bahrain is a brand known to “Be where the world meets” in bringing together notable representatives from different parts of the world. The InterContinental Regency Bahrain brings alive the rich culture and heritage of different countries, through the authentic experiences that they provide their clients with, in every aspect.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jan Ifcic, General Manager of InterContinental Regency Bahrain said: “It is an honour for us all here at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain to have reached such a significant milestone in our journey in the Kingdom since November 1980. We pride ourselves in the rich culture of delivering authentic experiences and excellence that is part of InterContinental Regency Bahrain’s legacy. It was a privilege to celebrate our 35th year anniversary with our esteemed partners, United Hotels Company and our honourable guests, who contributed towards the event being a great success.”
Commenting on the partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group, the Chairman and Managing Director of the Owning Company (United Hotels Company), Dr. Omar Al Mardhi said: “I would like to express my deep appreciation for our guests of royalty present here today, H.H. Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa, and everyone else attending as well for their show of support and for sharing with us this great occasion. It has been a pleasure to work with the InterContinental Hotels Group and we look forward to our continued partnership with them as it is through the success that we have achieved over the past 35 years that our sense of pride stems from.”
“I would like to extend as well my sincere appreciation on behalf of the owners to the employees of both the Hotel and United Hotels Company for their loyalty, dedication, hard work and devotion in contributing towards the success of this Hotel. At this juncture, I thank some of the individual pioneers of this Hotel, Mr. Jamil Wafa for his far-sighted vision to conceive such a distinguished establishment that now carries a reputation for unrivalled, consistent success and Dr. Ebrahim Al Dossary for leading us to greater heights. I would also like to take this opportunity to show our gratitude to the owners of the hotel, for being an indispensable part of our illustrious journey with all their efforts extended in supporting us through the past thirty five years. I look forward to the next phase of successes and age of prosperity that is guaranteed through our partnership,” he added.
Mr. Pascal Gauvin said: “35 years ago, we proudly opened the InterContinental Regency Bahrain and today it is again with pride that we sign the extension of the management agreement with United Hotels Company. We highly value this longevity and we believe in long term relationships with countries, cities, business partners, colleagues and of course our guests. You can all imagine the impact the InterContinental Regency Bahrain had 35 years ago on the way people were travelling and staying in hotels at that time. The InterContinental brand was born in America in 1946 and the InterContinental Regency Bahrain was one of the key hotels in our international expansion.”
InterContinental Regency Bahrain’s efforts have not gone unnoticed as the Hotel boasts many awards to their name, the most recent ones being the Business Traveller Middle East Award for the Best Business Hotel in Bahrain for 2015, and also through the successful training and developing the skills of Bahraini nationals, the InterContinental Regency Bahrain won The Specific Council for Training and Development Bahrainization Award for its Human Resources Department’s distinguished record in this domain.
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