Saudi Arabia

Bayan Suites by Cristal to open in Saudi Arabia

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Nov 2017

Cristal Group has entered into a management agreement with Bayat Company for Hotel Services to operate Bayat Suites by Cristal in Saudi Arabia. The 477-key property is situated in the city of Muhayil and is expected to open next month. Kamal Fakhoury, CEO of Cristal Group, said:“We are very excited to expand our footprint in Saudi […]

Feature: Bringing native flavours to new markets

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Nov 2017

Lucas Adrian Farias, Chef de Cuisine at Saudi Arabia’s first Argentinian restaurant, talks to Catering News Middle East about bringing native flavours to new markets and creating the best restaurant in Jeddah. Words by Melanie Mingas In any national cuisine, there are certain ingredients and techniques essential to authenticity, from meats and marinades to native […]

Almost 167,000 rooms under construction in the Middle East

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Nov 2017

STR’s October 2017 pipeline report shows 166,774 rooms in 580 hotel projects under contract in the Middle East. Under contract data includes projects in the in construction, final planning and planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. The Under contract total in the Middle East represents a 5.1% increase in rooms […]

Rate-driven growth for hotels in Jeddah

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Nov 2017

Preliminary data released by STR  for hotels in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, indicates a rate-driven growth in performance for the month of October. Based on daily data accrued over the month, Jeddah reported the following in year-over-year comparisons: Supply: +12.5% Demand: +9.1% Occupancy: -3.0% to 50.4% Average daily rate (ADR): +13.5% to SAR871.40 Revenue per available […]

Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) expands operation in Saudi Arabia

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Oct 2017

Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) has signed Swiss-Belhotel and Suites Jazan in Saudi Arabia. The announcement was made by Laurent A Voivenel, senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India, Swiss-Belhotel International. Featuring 210 keys, the upscale four-star property is owned by Cardamom International Property Management LLC. Voivenel said: “We are delighted to expand our footprint […]

New Four Seasons hotel in Makkah

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Oct 2017

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) have announced plans for a new Four Seasons hotel in Makkah as part of the Jabal Omar integrated real estate development. Four Seasons Hotel Makkah will be the company’s second location in Saudi Arabia, joining Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre. “As Four Seasons […]

Almost 165,000 rooms under contract in the Middle East

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Oct 2017

There are currently 164,497 rooms in 574 hotel projects under contract in the Middle East – according to STR’s September pipeline report. Under contract data includes projects in the in Construction, final planning and planning stages but does not include projects in the unconfirmed stage. The under contract total in the Middle East represents a […]

The Business: Hakkasan

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Oct 2017

Catering News speaks to Milos Zekovic, the recently appointed operations manager of Hakkasan Middle East about the company’s upcoming Riyadh venue and staying relevant in a market flooded with contemporary Asian concepts Having been in the UAE for 10 years now, Milos Zekovic, the recently appointed operations manager at Hakkasan Middle East, takes pride in […]

Feature: Success is his Forte

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Oct 2017

Hotel News Middle East catches up with Harry Fernandes, general manager Assila Hotel Rocco Forte, about his plans to help transform the hospitality industry in Saudi Arabia The Assila Hotel Rocco Forte, in Jeddah, is the luxury hotel brand’s first property to open in the Middle East and its positioning in Saudi Arabia was no […]

London calling for Middle East travel professionals

by Patrick Ryan | 04 Oct 2017

Travel professionals from the Middle East are heading to WTM London in November, in confident mood as they look to achieve a greater share of the multi-billion-dollar international travel market. WTM London (6-8 November) witnessed more than 51,000 participants in 2016, including 9,900 buyers conducting business worth over US$3.77 billion. Organisers are predicting a record […]









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