President Uhuru Kenyatta with CS Najib Balala when he laid the foundation stone for Pinnacle Tower in Nairobi on May 24, 2017. PHOTO | DIANA NGILAPresident Uhuru Kenyatta with CS Najib Balala when he laid the foundation stone for Pinnacle Tower in Nairobi on May 24, 2017. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA
By DAVID HERBLING

A global hospitality company is targeting the high-end luxury market in its new hotel in Nairobi, the project developers said Tuesday.

Hilton will locate the five-star hotel in a building touted to be Africa’s tallest.

Pinnacle Tower, whose ground-breaking was done Tuesday, will host the 255-room Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill sitting on 45 floors and 42 floors of serviced residential apartments.

Both will be managed by the New York bourse-listed hotel chain.

The Sh20.6 billion ($200 million) project is a joint venture between Jabavu Village, the real estate investment arm of Hass Petroleum Group, and Dubai-based investment firm White Lotus Group.

“We are targeting the middle- and high-end luxury hospitality market,” said Mr Abdinasir Ali Hassan, Hass group chairman. “Nairobi is becoming a regional hub and the expatriates coming to work here require these residences for short stay.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the building, which will be 300 metres tall.

This will dwarf the upcoming 200-metre tall Britam Towers, AVIC International Tower (175 metres) and UAP Tower (163 metres).