Tuesday, 9 August 2011
A hotel which began construction in the mid 90's has finally opened, in Gaza City. The al-Mashtal Hotel is Gaza Cities first and only 5* hotel and is an ambitious project opened by ArcMed. The hotels opening is good news for the local community where 70% live below the poverty line as it has so far employed 70 local staff.
Opening a hotel in such an area does have its difficulties though. The tightly controlled border between Israel and Gaza has meant that importing certain produce such as mussels and mushrooms being hard to obtain.
The swimming pool will also remain off limits for the time being as men and women are forbidden from swimming together and if the hotel were to operate segregated days, it has yet to find a way of of screening female swimmers from public view.
Despite these difficulties, the hotel hopes to obtain business from visiting UN delegates and from the more affluent locals who will use the hotels restaurants and cafes together with Gazan's who have booked the hotels for their wedding.
Good luck with the venture from all at Alihoco.
Posted by Tom Warsop at 08:57