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Ritz-Carlton Cairo Pushed Back To A 2015 Opening

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  Site Where: 1113 Corniche El Nil, Cairo, Egypt, 12344
June 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comment (1)

A plaintive email winged its way into our inbox this week. “When does the Ritz-Carlton in Cairo open?” it asked wearily.

As well it might. You may have forgotten about the property, it’s been so long in the making. Originally a Hilton, it switched brands in 2009, with the intention of carrying out a two-year renovation while hosting guests.

That didn’t happen. In 2011, when this photo of the hotel's shell was taken, as Travel Weekly reported, it was still shuttered, due to Egypt’s political unrest. The company moved the opening date to 2013, hoping that its location near Tahrir Square would, again, be a plus point.

And so we’re at stalemate.

Ritz-Carlton told us yesterday that the opening is now scheduled for the second quarter of 2015. We don’t have any more information, other than the rendering above (from the hotel's architects) other than a confirmation last year to The National that the construction had been deliberately slowed down. At the time, Pascal Duchauffour, RC’s area vice president for Europe and the Middle East, said:

We believe that Egypt, once recovered, will be as it used to be, a great tourist destination, a great business location.

Fingers crossed that it sticks to schedule this time. And, more importantly, for Egypt.

[Photo: WZMH Architects]

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Burned out building NOT the Hilton/Ritz

The burned out building depicted in your link is a former government building that housed some of Mubarak's most hated agencies. It was burned and has been left that way to remind people of the (fading) ideals of the Revolution.

The former Nile Hilton was wrapped in blue and green mesh and is just south of the former government building. Last I saw it, it sported a sign touting the future Ritz-Carleton.

No Egyptian would mistake the former Hilton for the government building. You may notice how the government building is largely concrete, with small windows, unlike for Hilton's steel and glass frame.

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