Almost 50 hotels under construction in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh, has been named as the hot spot for hotel construction in the country, with almost 50 hotel projects underway, a new report has revealed.
The 2017 Saudi Arabia Hotel Construction Overview report by TopHotelProjects prepared for The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia, found that the Kingdom’s capital city is preparing to add 48 new properties to its already vast hotel portfolio.
Riyadh leads the hotel boom closely followed by Jeddah. Across the country, the industry report reveals that 170 hotels and 60,395 rooms are currently in various stages of the construction pipeline.
Hilton is noted as one of the top hotel operators in the country. Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences is one of three new hotels the brand will bring to the country in 2017.
Kamel Ajami, vice president operations KSA at Hilton, said: “Our presence in Saudi Arabia goes back over 20 years. We have ambitious plans for expansion with up to 29 hotels in the pipeline and by the end of 2018, I expect to oversee double the number of hotels than I do at present.”
Ajami attributes Hilton’s success in the market to providing guests with ‘variety’ and ‘smart luxury’. He added: “Each of our properties has its own distinct features and identity which enables us to meet a variety of customer needs and outperform the market.
Following the announcement of Saudi Vision 2030, international brands are following Hilton’s lead by expanding their footprint across the country. New players including Rocco Forte and Nobu Hospitality are opening properties in the country for the first time.
As Riyadh and the wider country look set for a busy year of new hotel openings, the fifth edition of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2017 is taking place in Jeddah on 4-6 April.
Courtesy Construction Week