Aleph achieves second site in Kigali

Dubai-based independent hospitality management company Aleph Hospitality has signed a contract to manage a second hotel in Kigali, Rwanda.

The partnership with Masai Ujiri, NBA champion and president of Toronto Raptors, calls for the development of Zaria Court Hotel.

Urban lifestyle hub

Groundbreaking has already taken place at the 2.4-hectare site, with the ceremony attended by Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame.

The urban lifestyle hub will be home to an array of recreational services, including a hotel, food and beverage outlets, retail, an outdoor amphitheatre, and a vast sports complex.

Hotel hallmarks

Set to open in Q1 2025, the four star hotel will feature 80 rooms and suites, co-working areas, a members’ club, a restaurant, a rooftop bar, a sports bar, meeting rooms and a state-of-the-art gym.

Aleph Hospitality will manage the hotel by applying sustainable practices and ensuring service delivered by local teams.

Sports series first

Zaria Court is the first in a series of urban hubs for sports, social and cultural community gatherings across Africa, with expansion plans in Nairobi, Dakar, Accra, Lagos and Johannesburg over the next five years.

Masai Ujiri said: “Sports infrastructure is a critical infrastructure for building vibrant economies. Zaria Court is a place where people will come together to convene, compete, and celebrate. This hotel is a core component of the site, and we look forward to working with Aleph Hospitality to create a place where everyone feels welcome.”

Rwanda expansion

Bani Haddad, Aleph’s founder and MD, commented: “We are excited to be a project partner with Zaria Court and to be part of this coordinated focus on community, hospitality, sports and culture in Rwanda, one of the fastest-developing countries in Africa.”

The firm’s first site in the east African nation’s capital is a double development containing the 200-key MGallery Kigali and the 58-key boutique Century Park Hotel and Residences, both due in 2025.