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Opening of 5-star Kabul Serena Hotel - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08


President Karzai
Your Excellencies
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is my immense happiness and privilege to welcome you all as we celebrate the inauguration of one of Kabul's restored landmarks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those professionals, architects, construction trades, staff and volunteers who have worked so hard, under so many constraints, to build this hotel and prepare it for today's opening.



The hotel helps fill a shortage of guest accommodation in the city The Afghan capital, Kabul, has a new, international standard five-star hotel, the first to be built since the fall of the Taleban four years ago. President Hamid Karzai opened the Serena hotel, which has been built around the remains of another hotel badly damaged by fighting.
It is hoped that it will help attract more business people to invest in the poverty-stricken country and in the longer term attract wealthy tourists.

Luxury hotel among new Kabul buildings - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08


Insurgent violence wracks the countryside, but a building boom fueled by international aid, profits from the opium trade and foreign investment is remaking Afghanistan's dusty capital. The city even got its first five-star hotel Tuesday.
Four years after the Taliban's ouster, a shiny new office building rises amid Kabul's traditional mud-colored buildings, and there is a glitzy shopping mall boasting the country's only escalators. A bright U.S. Embassy is nearly ready, and suburbs of new homes are springing up.

But this city of 4 million people is far from being a metropolis.

New Development Initiative Launched in Kabul - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08


The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is pleased to announce that the Kabul Serena Hotel was officially inaugurated today by His Excellency President Karzai and His Highness the Aga Khan. The opening of the restored and expanded Kabul Serena Hotel, the former Kabul Hotel, is a milestone in Afghanistan's post-conflict redevelopment.Designed by award-winning architect Ramesh Khosla, the Kabul Serena Hotel will provide Kabul with much-needed accommodation for visitors to the city and will constitute an important post-war resource for Kabul residents.

Five-star hotel opens in Kabul - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08


Afghan President Hamid Karzai inaugurated the five-star Serena Hotel here Tuesday, saying that after 30 years of armed conflict the country could boast of a hotel that could provide the best hospitality.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) spent more than $30 million and two and a half years to rebuild and upgrade the former Kabul hotel originally built in 1945 and badly damaged in the 1990s.

Destitute Afghanistan opens luxurious hotel - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08

Mail & Guardian Online

08 November 2005 04:17http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4417072.stm
Mail & Guardian Online
Kabul, Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai officially opened the most luxurious hotel in destitute Afghanistan on Tuesday, with the five-star Kabul Serena touted as a means to lure investors and dollar-spending tourists.

The $36,5-million hotel, opposite the heavily fortified presidential palace, is an almost-total overhaul of the once-famous Kabul Hotel that was badly damaged in the 1992-1996 civil war that destroyed much of the capital.

Aga Khan : Incompr&eacute;hension et manque d'attention - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08


Le prince Karim Aga Khan, chef spirituel des musulmans ismaélites, qui inaugurait un hôtel de prestige à Kaboul a critiqué devant des journalistes la remarquable ignorance qui prévaut entre les civilisations des mondes islamique et non-islamique, source de 'conflits durables'.

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