Rotana, a hotel management company operating in the Middle East and North Africa, is to invest $800m as part of its expansion plan to have at least one Rotana hotel in every major city in the Middle East by 2014.

The company plans to open six new hotels in the UAE in 2011 including a Centro hotel near Sharjah airport, a Centro hotel on Abu Dhabi Airport Road and a Rayhaan and Arjaan complex in Deira, bringing its total number of hotels to 33.

The company also plans to launch a new property in Qatar in time for the 2022 World Cup and will open additional properties currently under construction in Lebanon, Jordan and Libya.

Rotana expects to have 30 more hotels in the pipeline by 2014.