Hilton Worldwide Bolsters Presence In Saudi Arabia

Further Expansion In Eastern Province With New 158-room DoubleTree by Hilton

(Dubai/UAE, 27 February 2013) Hilton Worldwide signed a management agreement with Hamad Abdulaziz Almousa Trading Group to develop a new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in KSA’s (“Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”) commercial heartland of Al Khobar, in the country’s Eastern Province. The 158-room DoubleTree by Hilton Al Khobar Corniche is the third Hilton Worldwide pipeline hotel planned for Al Khobar and the 17th in Saudi Arabia, making it Hilton Worldwide’s largest development market in MEA.

Left to right: Mishary Alhajery, Hamad Abdulaziz Almousa Trading Group; Hamad Bin Abulaziz Bin Abdullah Al Mousa, Hamad Abdulaziz Almousa Trading Group; Essam Abouda, vice president operations, Arabian Peninsula, Hilton Worldwide; and Carlos Khneisser, vice president development, Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Left to right: Mishary Alhajery, Hamad Abdulaziz Almousa Trading Group; Hamad Bin Abulaziz Bin Abdullah Al Mousa, Hamad Abdulaziz Almousa Trading Group; Essam Abouda, vice president operations, Arabian Peninsula, Hilton Worldwide; and Carlos Khneisser, vice president development, Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Rudi Jagersbacher, president, 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 KSA. Al Khobar is a growing, vibrant community and I am delighted we are expanding our presence in a city which offers so much potential.”

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. Construction is already underway and the hotel is expected to open at the end of 2014.

John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton said: “DoubleTree by Hilton is 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. DoubleTree by Hilton 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 KSA’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 from owners Hamad Abdulaziz Almousa Trading Group said: “We place tremendous value and appreciation on the very special business partnership we have with Hilton Worldwide and I am delighted that our professional and productive relationship will bring another outstanding new hotel to the local market.”

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