BANGKOK, 8 February 2019: Dusit International will reopen the dusitD2 Nairobi this June after a terrorist attack, in mid-January, that killed 21 people including four staff and two security guards.
The terror attack occurred 15 January forcing the hotel company to close the property, although an office building that is part of the mix-use complex opened earlier on 28 January.
The hotel’s management said it was determined to reopen the hotel in June following enhancements to the property, new dining concepts and a series of community events.
Travel advisories, worldwide, continue to warn visitors to Kenya and Nairobi to reconsider travel plans and to avoid areas along the Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to terrorist attacks.
Travellers are told to avoid visiting the Nairobi neighbourhood of Eastleigh at all times and the Old Town in Mombasa at night due to crime.
Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion and kidnapping, can occur at any time.
Local police are willing, but often lack the capability to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks. Emergency medical and fire service is also limited.
Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs and markets/shopping malls. Terrorist acts could include armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings the advisories state.
The hotel, which opened in 2014, is located in the 14 Riverside complex in Nairobi’s exclusive Westlands neighbourhood and comprises of a major commercial hub, housing numerous restaurants, shops, international offices and the dusitD2 hotel.