DUSHANBE, August 26, 2011, Asia-Plus – Prince Amyn Aga Khan, younger brother of His Highness the Aga Khan, is arriving in Tajikistan on August 27 for a three-day visit, according to the Tajik MFA information department.

During his stay in Dushanbe, His Highness will hold talks with a number of high-ranking Tajik state officials and will review some programs of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Tajikistan, the source said.

Prince Amyn joined the United Nations Secretariat, Department of Economic and Social Affairs following his graduation from Harvard in 1965.  Since 1968, Prince Amyn has been closely involved with the governance of the principal development institutions of the Ismaili Imamat.  He is a member of the Board of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and Chairman of its Executive Committee.  Prince Amyn was also deeply involved in the establishment and the development of the Tourism Promotion Services (TPS).   He is also a Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

Tourism Promotion Services (TPS), an affiliate of AKFED, seeks to develop tourism potential in underserved areas such as Tajikistan. Operating under the “SERENA” brand name, TPS hotels enjoy an established reputation for the highest standards of comfort, service and product, with over 34 properties in nine countries in Africa and Asia.  Each Serena property is carefully built to harmonize with local culture and heritage and to reflect the architectural styles of the region so that it promotes awareness of these elements amongst travelers.

Dushanbe Serena Hotel followed Serena’s successful design standards reflecting on strong local design features to uphold Tajikistan’s rich cultural heritage enveloped in a modern glass structure.  The hotel has been designed to act as both a social and business hub.  Dushanbe Serena Hotel will offer 540 square meters of purpose built meeting and conference spaces for executive board meetings to large banquets and State functions.  Health-and-leisure facilities consist of an extensive Fitness and Spa Centre including holistic treatment rooms, a roof-top swimming-pool and car parking for all its valued guests.

This world-class hotel will promote tourism, commercial and urban development in Tajikistan.