DusitD2 Nairobi will begin work towards reopening later in 2019, confirmed Dusit International. The property is located at the 14 Riverside complex, which was targeted in January 2019 during an act of terror.
Located in Nairobi’s Westlands neighbourhood, the 14 Riverside complex is a major commercial hub, housing numerous restaurants, shops, international offices and the dusitD2 hotel. The complex was targeted in an act of terror on January 15, 2019 which claimed the lives of 21 innocent people, including four full-time employees and two contract security staff of the hotel. No guests were harmed in the attack.
The local community has rallied forth, and the 14 Riverside complex has sprung back into action with tenants and business owners returning to help to beautify the area. The office buildings re-opened on January 28, with additional security measures bolstering the internationally certified systems and procedures the complex already has in place, confirmed a statement.
DusitD2 Nairobi, which has been temporarily closed since the incident, is located at the far end of the project in a private location away from the main entrance.
The property first opened in October 2014, and is scheduled to re-open in June 2019 with enhancements to the property, introduction of new dining concepts and a series of community events.
DusitD2 Nairobi general manager Michael Metaxas said in a statement: "The spirit of determination that runs through the entire 14 Riverside community is heartening to see, and the support from everyone has been, and continues to be, incredible. This positive energy is driving us as we prepare the hotel to delight guests and visitors once more with delightful service, impressive design, and safe and comfortable surroundings for people to socialise, stay and conduct business."
Dusit International chief operating officer Lim Boon Kwee added: "While we are still deeply affected by the recent events at the 14 Riverside complex, morale is high and everyone is pulling together to create a special return for the hotel. As ever, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain our priority, and we will continue to have rigorous security procedures in place that contribute to the high levels of comfort and care for which we are known worldwide."