A 7-star hotel in Islamabad?

Posted on September 1, 2006
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I just read this in the news. Daily Times has reported the inauguration of The Centaurus, Pakistan’s first seven-star hotel project, in Islamabad.

I am left wondering what are these people thinking? Can Pakistan afford, and sustain, a 7-star hotel? Do we really need one? And what is a 7-star hotel, after all? We can barely maintain a decent 2 or 3 star hotel in our major cities. Are we now competing with Dubai for architectural grandiosity? And whoever came up with the name should probably look for a job in Hollywood…

ISLAMABAD: The Centaurus, Pakistan’s first seven-star hotel project, was inaugurated on Thursday. The $350 million complex is planned to have a 37-storey deluxe hotel, with two 21-storey residential towers, a 25-storey corporate office complex, and a 5-storey shopping mall. The complex will have a parking lot that would accommodate over 2,000 vehicles. The project will be completed in three years… The Pak Gulf Construction Private Limited company (PGCL) and Messrs Atkins engineering company – the constructors of Dubai’s renowned Burj Al Arab – are executing the project. Saudi Arabian Al-Tamimi Group and the Sardar Group of Companies are making the investment….

President General Pervez Musharraf on Thursday said it was “the right time to invest in Pakistan� because of the country’s positive economic policies of de-regulation, liberalisation and privatisation coupled with a liberal foreign exchange regimen. “We have opened all sectors of the economy for investment and the scourge of red-tapism and bureaucratic delays are being done away with,� said the president at the foundation-laying ceremony of The Centaurus.

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71 responses to “A 7-star hotel in Islamabad?”

  1. Jamshed says:

    Just wondering how these guys feel now about their massive investment in today’s Islamabad.Not very optimistic,I guess.
    And I don’t think this country needs a 7 star hotel,not with all the poverty around.

  2. umair says:

    I DONT HAVE WORDS FOR THIS OPPURTUNTE ……………………… I LOVE PAKISTAN

  3. KAMRAN says:

    THATS GR8.IM JUST LIVING NEAR CENTAURUS AND IM ASTONISHED TO C THE CONSTRUCTION GOING ON . ITS UNBELIVIBLE. ;LONG LIVE PAKISTAN

  4. Tahir Mehmood says:

    I read about the 7 star hotel now. I pleased very much. It is needed of the hour that such hotel will be in pakistan. I want to tell that Hotel is the second largest industry of the world.

  5. Tehmas Saeed says:

    I am very happy to know about this project but also worried about commision stuff but offcourse it is expensive project but it will generate income for locals and we can get more investment from foriegn or local investors

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