The multi-million facility has 21 rooms, decorated with Rwandan cultural items such as Imigongo and other artworks.
President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame launched the hotel this Thursday, February 27, 2020. Present were also Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, the director of Kerzner International that manages all hotels of One&Only.
President Kagame appreciated this investment, saying that it is a good collaboration between Rwanda and its United Arab Emirates friends.
“I want to thank you for your investment. We must strive to make this investment earn all of us a benefit.”
He said that the investment,with a sister branch in Nyungwe, is in line with Rwanda’s vision of developing extraordinary infrastructure.
“We will take it as ours, as yours. We will also keep adding value to it in different ways.”
Muhammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani thanked all people involved in the construction of the hotel. He said that Kerzner will open four more such hotels in different places this year, but that, “to be honest, no one asked me about the other places other than Rwanda. They asked me, ‘When will the hotel be ready so that we visit Rwanda.’ It looks like this country has a lot of attractions. The pictures of this hotel have themselves attracted much attention.”
The Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Development Board, Clare Akamanzi said that Rwanda now has two One and Only hotels and thanked Kerzner for believing in Rwanda.
She said that Rwanda continues to find possible ways to provide tourists with the safest hospitality and that it is progressing positively.