Leading global hospitality company Hilton has signed a management agreement with Saudi-based Hamad Abdulaziz Almousa Trading Group to develop a new hotel in the commercial heartland of Al Khobar, in the country’s Eastern Province.
The 158-room DoubleTree by Hilton Al Khobar Corniche is the third Hilton pipeline hotel planned for Al Khobar and the 17th in Saudi, making it Hilton Worldwide’s largest development market in Middle East, said a company statement.
The construction is already underway and the hotel is expected to open at the end of 2014, it stated.
Rudi Jagersbacher, the president of Hilton Worldwide, Middle East & Africa said: “Saudi Arabia is a powerhouse of activity for Hilton Worldwide. We are opening 17 new hotels over the next three years and working to solidify our position as the leading hospitality company in the Kingdom."
"Al Khobar is a growing, vibrant community and I am delighted we are expanding our presence in a city which offers so much potential," he added.
DoubleTree by Hilton Al Khobar will be located downtown on the city’s picturesque Corniche and will feature a variety of inviting business and leisure amenities including extensive meeting facilities of two boardrooms, a conference hall and two meeting rooms.
The hotel will also offer a health club and swimming pool as well as two appealing restaurants and a lounge.
John Greenleaf, the global head of DoubleTree by Hilton said: "We are currently enjoying a period of exciting growth in the Middle East and Africa as increasing numbers of hotel owners experience the benefits of the brand’s upscale, distinctive characteristics."
The Al Khobar Corniche is set to become an excellent addition to this growing collection and we’re looking forward to bringing the brand’s signature attributes of warm and welcoming hospitality, high standards and quality accommodation to the Saudi's eastern province.”
Al Khobar is the largest city in the Eastern Province with a growing reputation as a modern, energetic community. The Corniche area, in particular, is lined with numerous restaurants, cafes, boutiques and retail outlets and is proving a popular attraction with locals and domestic tourists as well as visitors from neighbouring GCC states.
Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al Mousa said: “We place tremendous value and appreciation on the very special business partnership we have with Hilton and I am delighted that our professional and productive relationship will bring another outstanding new hotel to the local market.”-TradeArabia News Service