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Asaad Farag Named Vice President of Hotel Operations for MotorCity
Casino Hotel; Hotel Rooms Expected to Bring New Level of
Hospitality to Detroit Business and Leisure Travelers
DETROIT, July 13, 2007 - MotorCity Casino Hotel -- the first permanent gaming location in the city and the only locally owned and operated Detroit casino -- today unveiled a model hotel room that that will introduce a whole new level of hospitality to Detroit business and leisure travelers when the hotel opens this fall.

"MotorCity will provide a hotel product that is unmatched in this market," said Asaad Farag, newly appointed MotorCity Casino Hotel vice president of hotel operations. "We will provide a truly unique guest experience with an uncompromised level of service."
 

Asaad Farag, an international hospitality industry veteran, has been named vice president of hotel operations for MotorCity Casino Hotel. Farag's responsibilities will include all aspects of hotel operations including the spa, retail, catering and conference sales.

"Asaad brings enormous value to the MotorCity team," said Rhonda Cohen, MotorCity Casino chief operating officer. "His expansive high-end U.S. and international hotel background is critical to our mission of creating a luxury hotel that offers unparalleled guest service. He has historically demonstrated his ability to assess the needs of his guests and to exceed their expectations, which is consistent with our edict to raise the bar on hospitality in the City of Detroit and across the region."

Farag, a native of Egypt and a U.S citizen, brings to the MotorCity team more than 20 years of hotel management experience at some of the world's most impressive properties. Prior to his new assignment, Farag was general manager of the Conrad Istanbul where he directed the development of the Five Star Diamond, 584-room hotel internationally known for its fine restaurants and world class business and conference facilities. During his tenure, the Conrad Istanbul was awarded the 2005 World Travel Award as Europe's leading business hotel. Tens of thousands of travel professionals cast their votes to determine the recipient of this coveted award.

Farag has also served as general manager of the Regent Wall Street Hotel & Spa in New York City and was a member of the start-up team for the exclusive Stirling Club Turnberry Place in Las Vegas, serving as vice president and general manager. In addition, he has managed the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles and held various senior positions with the Ritz Carlton in Cleveland, the Walt Disney Dolphin in Orlando, the Beverly Hills Hotel in California and the Plaza in New York City.

Farag is a trustee of the Five Star Diamond American Hospitality of Science and a member of the esteemed Chaine of Rotisserie. He is a graduate of the Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt.

First in Comfort

Farag said that when the hotel opens this fall, the 400 ultra-comfortable and high-tech guestrooms, including 41 suites, will include some of the finest comforts offered in the region. A peaceful and relaxing stay is standard with amenities such as luxury bedding with 300 thread count imported bed linens, a pillow library, sumptuous towels and bathrobes, marble bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and showers, and live foliage. The rooms also feature a customized climate control system based on guest history and will alert room attendants when the room is occupied to keep interruptions to a minimum.

High-tech Style

MotorCity's guestrooms are designed for the business traveler and tech- savvy guest alike, providing a work station with ergonomic chair, high-speed Internet access, iPod docking station, 37" plasma TV and a two-line conference phone with voicemail.

The hotel interior decor compliments the "future retro" theme of MotorCity's expanded casino space which opened June 7, with maple and Makassar ebony woodwork, plush fabrics and muted ivory, gold and black hues which evoke a nostalgic twist on contemporary furnishings.

Extraordinary Guest Service

The multilingual MotorCity staff will offer a superb guest experience with daily turn-down service, and several 24-hour benefits including a concierge, laundry, and in-room dining. Same day pressing service, a comprehensive, state-of-the art business center with secretarial support, and complimentary WiFi in public areas will provide a personal oasis with 24-hour connectivity. In addition, a full butler service will be provided to suite guests, allowing the hotel to accommodate and anticipate a full spectrum of guest needs.
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MotorCity Casino Hotel 
2901 Grand River Avenue 
Detroit, MI 48201
400 guestrooms, including 41 suites
Guestrooms average 455 square feet
Luxury bedding with 300 thread count imported bed linens
Pillow library available
Sumptuous bath linens and two bathrobes
Exclusive Molton Brown bath amenities
Marble bathrooms with separate soaking tub and shower
Customized individual climate control, based on guest history
Turndown service daily
In-room safe
In-room coffee maker
37 LCD Flat Panel TV
Video messages, video account review, video express check-out
Two-line speaker phones with voicemail
Work station with ergonomic chair
High-speed Internet access
iPod docking station
DVD player in all suites
Deluxe mini bar beverages and snacks
Iron and ironing board
Daily newspaper delivery upon request
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MotorCity's $275 million expansion is changing the face of entertainment in the City of Detroit by offering a spectacular combination of entertainment, dining, banquet, spa and gaming options that draw on Detroit's automotive, music and sports heritage. In addition to the 17-story hotel, MotorCity is expanding its gaming space and adding a premium spa, convention and banquet space, a 1,200 seat theater, new retail and dining options and additional parking. Iridescence, Detroit's only AAA Four Diamond restaurant, will relocate to the hotel's top floor adjacent to a new ultra-lounge, Amnesia. Both will offer exquisite views of the Detroit riverfront and skyline while establishing MotorCity Casino Hotel as a unique and cutting-edge entertainment, conference and resort venue.

MotorCity Casino, which first opened in 1999, incorporates the historic Wagner Baking Company building and has been under construction since 2006. The cornerstone of the Wagner Baking Company is being fully restored to its original condition circa 1915, preserving the signature feature of the 85- year-old Detroit landmark.

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Contact:

MotorCity Casino Hotel 
www.motorcitycasino.com
 

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Also See: Asaad Farag Appointed General Manager of the Conrad Istanbul / March 2004
MotorCity Casino Owner, Marian Ilitch, Starts Construction of 17-story, 400-room Luxury Hotel and Additional Gaming Space in Downtown Detroit / December 2005
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