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Hilton kicks off second Nairobi high-end hotel

President Kenyatta with Hass Petroleum chairman Abdinassir Hassan at the event on May 23, 2017. PHOTO | DIANA NGINA
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Hass Petroleum chairman Abdinassir Hassan at the event on May 23, 2017. PHOTO | DIANA NGINA 

Hilton’s upcoming five-star Nairobi hotel, to be located in what is billed Africa’s tallest building, will only target the high-end luxury market, the project developers said on Tuesday.

The Pinnacle tower, whose groundbreaking was done on Tuesday, will host the 255-room Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill sitting on 45 floors, plus 42 floors of residential apartments. Both the hotel and serviced apartments will be managed by the New York bourse listed hotel chain.

The Sh20.6 billion ($200 million) project is a joint venture between Jabavu Village, the real estate investment arm of the Hass Petroleum Group, and Dubai-based investment firm White Lotus Group.

“We are targeting the middle and high-end luxury hospitality market. Nairobi is becoming a regional hub and the expatriates coming to work here require these residences for short stay,” said Abdinasir Ali Hassan, Hass Group chairman.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the Pinnacle, which will be 300 metres tall upon completion.

This will dwarf the upcoming 200 metre tall Britam Towers, AVIC International Tower (175 metres), UAP Tower (163 metres), Times Tower (140 metres), and the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (105 metres).

It sits on a two-acre plot and consists of two towers: the 45 storey Hilton Hotel, and the 70-storey mixed use wing.

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