(23 Mar 2022, 14:46 +07)
Mandarin Oriental has signed a management
agreement with Al-Sharif Group that will see it rebrand the historic Shepheard Hotel in
Cairo, as the Mandarin Oriental Shepheard, Cairo.
The hotel will
be the group’s first property in Egypt.
The celebrated Shepheard Hotel first opened its
doors in 1841 and remains a landmark in the city, respected by the
local community and well known internationally.
renovation of the property is already underway and Paris-based
interior designer, Sybille de Margerie, has been tasked with preserving
the building’s heritage design while enhancing the facilities and
Paul Massot (left), CDO of Mandarin Oriental, with Nawaf Faiz Al-Sharif, President of Al-Sharif Group
Upon completion, currently anticipated for 2024, the
hotel will re-open as Mandarin Oriental Shepheard, Cairo.
James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin
Oriental, said, “We are delighted to extend Mandarin Oriental’s
renowned levels of hospitality into Egypt and to work with Al
Sharif Group Holding on bringing this iconic and historic hotel
back to life. The project presents an ideal opportunity to further
grow our brand in the Middle East & Africa, and we look forward to
creating many unique experiences for our guests.”
Situated on the eastern shore of the Nile,
in the heart of Downtown Cairo, the property will feature 188
rooms and 88 suites, many with balconies, providing
views over the city, the Nile and Gezira island.
Mandarin Oriental Shepheard, Cairo will feature
five restaurants and bars, including a rooftop restaurant for al
fresco dining, as well as an exclusive club lounge.
The hotel will
also offer expansive function spaces – including a rooftop
ballroom, a spa with eight treatment suites, an indoor lap pool, a rooftop swimming
pool, a beauty salon, fitness centre and a kid’s club.
The project developer is Al Sharif for Tourism and
Hotels, an Egyptian Closed Joint Stock Company that is a
subsidiary of Al Sharif Group Holding, the Saudi holding group
based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who won the concession to redevelop
the site from the Egyptian General Company for Tourism and Hotels
“Mandarin Oriental is an award-winning
international brand, renowned for its exemplary service and
attention to detail” said Mr Nawaf Faiz Al-Sharif, President of
Al-Sharif Group. “They are the ideal partner for this unique
project, and we look forward to working together on enhancing
Cairo’s appeal and creating the most sophisticated luxury hotel in