CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Hotel opens in battle-scarred city

07-09-2010 09:36 BJT

Rebel insurgency and civil war were not enough to deter Sultan Amin from opening a tourist hotel in the north Yemen city of Saada this week, even as the region teeters on the brink of renewed conflict.

"We had to stop every time the war was renewed. But two weeks ago we finally finished," the investor told Reuters of the two-star hotel, which cost nearly $450,000 and took three years to build.

"We don't expect foreigners to visit now, but I think that if the situation stays stable, maybe they will come."

Yemen's government agreed a truce in February with Shi'ite rebels to halt a war that has raged on-and-off since 2004 and displaced 350,000 people, but analysts say the shaky truce is unlikely to last unless Sanaa better addresses grievances.

Another hotel in the city of Saada met an untimely end when it was damaged by shelling after rebels took refuge inside during heavy fighting. A second continues to operate.

Amin, whose hotel will cater mainly to Saudi and Yemeni traders, said he was not worried about his hotel, the Jazeera Plaza, whose opening coincided with a flare-up of violence between rebels and government-allied tribes.

"I am confident that the war won't start again and that the situation will remain calm," he said. "The rest is up to God."

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: China Daily

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program