Kempinski to open Al Khobar hotel in 2012
Dubai, May 23, 2011
Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, has signed the management agreement for its third hotel in Saudi Arabia, Kempinski Al Othman Hotel - Al Khobar.
Centrally located in Qashlah Dhahran Road, at the centre of the Al Khobar/Dammam/Dhahran conurbation, the hotel is expected to become Al Khobar’s leading luxury hotel when it opens its doors at the end of 2012, said a statement.
The 218 key-hotel is being developed by the Al Othman Holding Company, a leading Saudi industrial group active in a wide range of sectors.
Kempinski Al Othman Hotel - Al Khobar will have 141 rooms measuring between 42 and 47 sq m each, 57 suites including two Presidential Suites and an opulent 250 sq m Royal Suite, in addition to 20 elegantly appointed serviced apartments.
All feature superior quality furniture and fittings and advanced guest convenience technology, the statement said.
Nine restaurants and cafes will bring international innovative cuisine experiences to the local market, making it the most extensive of any hotel in the Eastern Province. The three main restaurants will offer a European all-day dining experience, a grill restaurant and an Asian speciality eatery. The cafes include the eccentric Sky Bridge Cafe between the two towers, a Roof Garden cafe, a chic patisserie, a pool snack bar and an Executive Lounge. The 1897 Cigar Bar completes this exciting range of outlets.
The hotel’s exciting leisure facilities include a fully equipped gym, a swimming pool and Kempinski’s luxury Resense Spa brand – all housed beneath the central plaza of the complex, featuring a signature light well overlooking the pool, it said.
Corporate guests could avail themselves of various facilities on offer including a particularly impressive suite of function rooms comprising two banquet halls, 1,080 sq m each, a spacious pre-function area, four meeting rooms and a full-fledged business centre, all complemented with ample parking space for 200 cars; while wireless internet shall be offered throughout the hotel.
“We are very proud to work with the Al Othman Holding Company to open and operate this splendid new property that is equidistant from the three important industrial and domestic tourism centres of Al Khobar, Dhahran and Dammam, and which completes our triumvirate of new hotels in the three main cities in Saudi Arabia,” said Ulrich Eckhardt, president Middle East and Africa for Kempinski Hotels.
Abdullah Al Othman, vice chairman of the Al Othman Holding Company, said: “We are delighted to have signed this long-term management agreement with Kempinski Hotels and to join its distinguished collection of individual properties both in this region and worldwide. The appointment of Kempinski follows an extensive tendering process, throughout which we have been continually impressed with their professionalism and enthusiasm, their flexibility to comply with our requirements and their respect for our local knowledge.” - TradeArabia News Service