Dusit D2 Nairobi, the hotel where 21 people were killed in a militant attack in January, officially re-opened on Wednesday, some six months after the incident.
The hotel complex located in the Kenyan capital was attacked by al-Shabaab militants on 15 January, with scores of others also left injured.
Top government officials from Kenya attended the re-opening ceremony, including Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, Defense Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed among others.
“Today is less than 200 days since that event happened. Today we are opening this hotel again. Life is back. Life is back, business is back, the spirit and the strength of Kenyans is back, and nobody… no terrorist, nobody… will kill the spirit of Kenyans and its visitors from coming to Dusit,” CS Balala said.
Dusit D2 management said the hotel was ready to resume operations, and had put in place measures to ensure the security of their staff and clients.
Speaking at the event, Dusit D2 General Manager Michael S. Metaxas said the hotel had availed counselling services to the staff that were affected by the events of the 15 January attack.
“As you may have also seen as you came in, we have enhanced the security measures by a notch higher, and they are being put in place right from the entrance of Riverside 14,” Metaxas said.
The hotel complex will be accessible to the public from Thursday, 1 August 2019.