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Al Faisal Holding’s ARTIC Subsidiary Enters Strategic Partnership with
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Magellan Development Group
to Acquire the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

CHICAGO--May 15, 2012--Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Magellan Development Group together have entered into a strategic partnership with Seldar Holdings, the North American investment and business development arm of Al Rayyan Tourism and Investment (”ARTIC”). This partnership will own the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, which opened on November 1, 2011.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will retain the long-term management contract for the hotel. As a result, the new ownership structure will not affect hotel operations or the guest experience in any way.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will continue to invest capital in future investment opportunities supporting the company’s ongoing Ambition 2015 growth strategy, which primarily targets flagship properties in key markets around the world.

A wholly-owned Al Faisal Holding Company LLC subsidiary, ARTIC is engaged in real estate development, acquisition and leasing with primary focus on the hospitality sector and hospitality-related services both in Qatar and overseas. In line with Al Faisal Holding’s strategy for the growth of its domestic and international hospitality business, this new partnership now brings its current hotel portfolio to over 14 properties in prime locations across Qatar, Egypt, London and now Chicago.

“We are delighted to forge this partnership for the acquisition of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago. This unique landmark hotel with its one-of-a-kind architectural quality and attractive setting reflects our clear investment focus on high quality assets in prime city locations as we continue to grow the business both locally and internationally. I look forward to the further expansion of our hotel portfolio across Europe, MENA and now North America,” said H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, chairman, Al Faisal Holding.

Thorsten Kirschke, president, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said of the sale, “We are pleased to complete this sale with such an esteemed partner. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with Al Faisal Holding and Magellan Development Group and to emulating the success of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago with many opportunities to come.”

Since its inception in 1996, Magellan Development Group has successfully financed and developed more than USD 2.5 billion of residential, mixed-use, and commercial projects and has received over 70 national and international awards for excellence. “Magellan Development would like to welcome Al Faisal Holdings to North America and Chicago. We are proud to be aligned with Al Faisal Holdings and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group with Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. This partnership supports Magellan’s goal of creating strategic alliances with best in class partners in order to expand its growing development portfolio,” said David Carlins, president, Magellan Development Group. .
The terms of the sale and management contract, including extension agreements, are not disclosed.

About Al Faisal Holding Company LLC
Incorporated in 1964, Al Faisal Holding Company LLC (“Al Faisal”) is one of Qatar’s largest privately held diversified industry groups, owned by His Excellency Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani. Al Faisal operates through its subsidiaries and associated companies in a variety of sectors, including real estate, construction, hospitality, trading, transportation, entertainment, education, services and information technology. Al Faisal’s investments include its interest in Aamal Company Q.S.C, one of Qatar’s largest, most diversified and fastest growing companies, in addition to investments in a range of sectors across Europe, MENA region and the Far East.

Its wholly owned subsidiary Al Rayyan Tourism & Investment Company (“ARTIC”) is engaged in the development, acquisition and leasing of real estate with a primary focus on the hospitality sector and hospitality-related services locally and internationally. Its current portfolio comprises of more than 14 hotels in Qatar, Egypt and London, Seldar Holdings, fully owned subsidiary of ARTIC, will act as the North America investment and business development arm for Al-Faisal Holding Seldar Holdings will be looking to develop further business opportunities in North America.
www.alfaisalholding.com

About Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
Marking the debut of the Radisson Blu brand in North America, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago is set to open on Nov. 1, 2011. The hotel features Filini, a contemporary 150-seat Italian restaurant and bar that offers simple and authentic dishes as well as an expansive Italian wine collection. http://www.radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicago or call +1 (312) 565-5258.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – born in early 2012 – is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels, a global footprint spanning 81 countries and territories, a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni). In most of the group’s hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 80,000 people.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.
http://www.carlsonrezidor.com

About Magellan Development Group
Magellan Development is a Chicago real estate development company; they are responsible for the Lakeshore East community in downtown Chicago along with numerous properties in the River North and Gold Coast regions. www.magellandevelopment.com

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Contact:

Al Faisal Holding
Arwa Goussous, +974 4435066
or
Carlson
Molly Biwer, +1 (763) 212-2901
mbiwer@carlsonrezidor.com
or
Magellan Development
Tricia Van Horn, +1 (312) 469-8054
tvanhorn@magellandevelopment.com



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