Rotana Hotels has announced plans to double the size of its portfolio with 53 properties to open by 2010 and aims to have hotels in every key city in the Middle East.

The hotel management company’s expansion follows the signing of 11 new agreements for properties in Jordan, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. There are also 17 properties under construction and 25 in operation across the Middle East.

Rotana Hotels president and chief executive Selim El Zyr said: “The new properties will not only expand our portfolio in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar but will also introduce Rotana Hotels into new markets such as Oman.”