Dhaka, Bangladesh
PM opens InterContinental Dhaka today

PM opens InterContinental Dhaka today

News Report Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open on Thursday the government owned 5-star ranked hotel InterContinental Dhaka, formerly known as Ruposhi Bangla and Sheraton, after four years of renovations. "We are all set to inaugurate the renovated hotel. Honourable Prime Minister will formally open it at 7.30 pm on Thursday," Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Shahjahan Kamal said at a press briefing at the secretariat on Wednesday. The hotel will be put into commercial operation in November next after completing training to its staff, said Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mohibul Haque. "Everything of the hotel has been changed except its walls and roof," he said at the briefing, adding that the total renovation cost was Taka 620 crore. Previously, the hotel had 270 rooms in the hotel, each of 26 square metres, a size not suitable for a five-star hotel. Hence, 270 rooms were made into 226 rooms with the size of minimum 40 square metres. Of them, 201 are premium or deluxe rooms, 10 deluxe suites, five superior suites, five diplomatic suites and five presidential suites. "The room size of the hotel has been extended to 40 square metres from 26 alongside the meeting spaces as well," said Haque, who is also chairman of Bangladesh Services Limited (BSL) under the civil aviation and tourism ministry, the owner of the hotel. At the renovated hotel, one ballroom can accommodate 1,000 people, double the previous capacity, he said. There are five restaurants, including all-day dining with buffet, lobby cafe, club bar, pool bar and restaurant and specialty restaurant. Other features include a temperature-controlled swimming pool, gymnasium, steam room, sauna and spa treatment rooms. Since its inception in 1962, the 5-Star hotel has been known by many names such as 'InterContinental Dhaka', 'Hotel Sheraton' and 'Ruposhi Bangla'. The hotel is now getting back its previous name 'InterContinental Dhaka'. Sheraton took responsibility of the hotel's management of InterContinental Dhaka in 1987. In 2011, the hotel came to be known as 'Ruposhi Bangla' after Sheraton stopped operations and Bangladesh Services Limited (BSL) under Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism took over the administration. Later, the British global hotel chain InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and BSL signed an agreement to manage the property for 30 years in 2013. The renovation work began in 2014. BSL acting Managing Director Mokabbir Hossain and other high officials were also present. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to open foundation laying of 1000-bed specialized hospital named "Establishment of a Multi-Disciplinary and Super Specialized Hospital at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on its compound on September 13, sources said. This will be the first super special multidisciplinary and tertiary hospital in the public sector, said a senior physician of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). Recently Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) has signed a deal with Hyundai Development Company of South Korea to construct 1000-bed specialized hospital named "Establishment of a Multi-Disciplinary and Super Specialized Hospital at BSMMU" at its compound. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua presided over the signing ceremony while head of the surgery department of BSMMU Dr Md Zulfiqur Rahman Khan and general manager of Hyundai Development Company Jong Chol Shin signed on behalf of their respective sides. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu approved taka 566.21 crore project at a public purchase committee meeting in the city recently. Patients with heart, kidney, neuro, eye, orthopedic, diabetes and various complications will get quality treatment at reasonable cost by a group experienced, qualified and tested physicians.

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