Hotel News ME looks at the luxury hotel group’s plans to double its MEA & India portfolio across all three of its brands over the next five years
Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI)
FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI) is one of the world’s leading luxury hotel management companies and operates properties globally under the Raffles, Fairmont, and Swissôtel brands. The company’s portfolio of luxury and upper upscale hotels features celebrated icons, world-class resorts and stylish city centre hotels. With a corporate vision to be “the world’s preferred hospitality company”, FRHI is focused on providing each and every guest with a unique and meaningful travel experience. FRHI currently operates 117 hotels (more than 44,304 rooms) in 34 countries worldwide, as well as 17 residential properties. It has 40 properties currently under development and employs 45,000 members of staff. There are 12 luxury Raffles Hotels & Resorts, 71 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and 14 residential properties, and 32 Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts plus two residential properties.
CURRENT MEA & INDIA PROPERTIES
19 properties, 3 brands
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts 15
Middle East 9
Raffles Hotels & Resorts 3
Middle East 2
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts 2
Middle East 1
Ajman debut: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts opened its first property in Ajman on May 1 (2015) featuring 252 guest rooms and suites, eight F&B outlets, a 200-metre private beach, infinity pool, seven meeting venues, one of the largest ballrooms in the emirate and a fitness centre and spa.
Bahrain first: Work is now underway on the new Fairmont Bahrain Resort, which is expected to open in 2018. Highlights of the five-star property, which is part of the Al Jazair mixed-use project, include 215 guestrooms and chalets and the brand’s signature ‘hotel within a hotel’ concept, Fairmont Gold.
UPCOMING MEA & INDIA PROPERTIES
15 properties, 3 brands
Fairmont Fujairah, Fujairah (182 keys & 13 units) – 2016
Fairmont Marina Resort Abu Dhabi (563 keys & 249 units) – 2016
Swissôtel Jaddaf, Dubai (260 keys) – 2018
Fairmont Riyadh, Business Gate (304 keys) – 2016
Fairmont Jeddah (350 keys & 100 residences) – 2018
Raffles Jeddah (180 keys & 165 residences & 21 apartments) – 2018
Swissôtel Jeddah (247 keys) – 2018
Fairmont Bahrain Resort (215 keys) – 2018
Fairmont Citystars Sharm El Sheikh (414 keys & 316 units) – 2016
Raffles Citystars Sharm El Sheikh (234 keys & 100 villas) – 2019
Swissôtel Citystars Sharm El Sheikh (387 keys & 374 units) – 2016
Fairmont Soma Bay, Hurghada (300 keys & 150 residences) – before 2020
Swissôtel Katameyah, Cairo (250 keys & 150 residences & 50 units) – before 2020
Fairmont Amman, Jordan (309 keys) – 2016
Fairmont Lagos, Nigeria (220 keys) – 2017
- First Raffles in Egypt – Raffles Citystars, Sharm El Sheikh: Set to open in 2019, the property will feature 234 guestrooms, 100 branded residences/villas, 2,500 square metres of meeting venues, nine F&B outlets, and a Raffles spa.
- First Swissôtel in the UAE – Swissôtel Jaddaf: The property will offer 260 rooms, 1,600 square metres of meeting space and a Purovel Spa & Sport when it opens in 2018.
- First Swissôtel in Egypt – Swissôtel Citystars Sharm El Sheikh: On track to open next year (2016), the hotel will offer 387 rooms, 374 branded residences, four F&B outlets and a wellness centre and spa.