Arab hotelier Rotana Hotels will open its new five star hotel in Erbil, Iraq, in September 2010 as part of its expansion plans.

The Erbil Rotana Hotel, the first Rotana hotel to open in the country, was built by Lebanese holding group Malia in partnership with Rotana Hotel Management Company.

The $55m property is located opposite Sami Abdul Rahman Park, according to

The property will feature 205 rooms and suites, and includes an outdoor, temperature-controlled swimming pool, a spa, meeting rooms and a grand ballroom with a capacity for 800 people.

Rotana is planning to add more hotels in the country in the near future under the brands Centro, Arjaanand and Rayhaan.