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Radisson Blu Commemorates the 40th Anniversary

Press Release:  22nd October 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel commemorates the 40th Anniversary


It all started in the mid-1970s when the Marafie Family saw the rapid development and growth that was taking place in Kuwait and decided to enter the Hotel industry. The Kuwait SAS Hotel opened its door in October 1980. The grand opening of the 200 room hotel took place in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Bertil of Sweden. The Mohamedi II, a custom-made dhow, specially commissioned for the hotel opening by Husain Marafie, sailed to Kuwait from Calicut in India and took its place at the hotel in 1982 and became the renowned Al Boom restaurant.


The Radisson Blu Hotel went through many changes and introduced many concepts throughout all those years. The one that stands out is Peacock Chinese Restaurant that opened in 1983 and is a popular hub visited by families for generations. One of the largest projects is the magnificent Al Hashemi II, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest wooden dhow ever built. The Al Hashemi II opened in 2000 to widespread acclaim, just in time for the hotel’s twentieth-anniversary celebrations. The vessel represents an awesome tangible symbol of Kuwait’s distinguished maritime heritage for future generations.



Ever since its opening, Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait, has become an integral part of Kuwaiti society and has witnessed many milestones throughout history. “As we look back at those amazing 40 years of genuine hospitality, I would like to express my tremendous gratitude to all our staff, guests and business partners whose great support and loyalty down the years has helped to maintain the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait’s reputation.” says Mr. Philippe Pellaud, the General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel.



Radisson Blu is an upper upscale hotel brand that delivers a positive and personalized service in stylish spaces. By paying close attention to small details that make a big difference, Radisson Blu inspires unforgettable experiences with every stay. Our hotels and resorts provide a full range of innovative products and services, delivering genuine and relevant guest experiences with a distinctive Yes I Can! attitude. Radisson Blu hotels can be found in major cities, key airport gateways and leisure destinations. Guests and professional business partners can enhance their experience with Radisson Blu by participating in Radisson Rewards, a global loyalty program offering exceptional benefits and rewards.


Radisson Blu is part of Radisson Hotel Group, which also includes Radisson Collection, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, brought together under one commercial umbrella brand Radisson Hotels.


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