Hilton Worldwide is set to double presence in Dubai with eight mid-market additions.
Hilton Worldwide and wasl hospitality and leisure, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management Group, has announced agreements to open a further two mid-market hotels in Dubai, Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Mina and Hilton Garden Inn Bur Dubai.
A delegation of Hilton Worldwide executives, led by Simon Vincent, EVP and President, EMEA for Hilton Worldwide recently visited the wasl asset management group offices to sign these two latest agreements with Mr Hesham Al Qassim, CEO, wasl Asset Management Group and Mustafa Al Hashimi, CEO Hospitality & Leisure, wasl Asset Management Group. This comes after the recent announcement of the arrival of Hampton by Hilton to the Middle East with the signing of the region’s first hotel for the mid-market brand in Dubai’s Al Qusais.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Middle East and Africa for Hilton Worldwide, said, “These latest signings will add to our rapidly increasing footprint in Dubai, which is expected to more than double in the next few years with primarily mid-market hotels. Travellers to the UAE are increasingly looking for a diverse range of accomodation options, be it luxury, upscale or mid-market – and with the opening of Hilton Garden Inn in Dubai this year, we are delighted to be offering yet more options.”
Hilton Garden Inn Bur Dubai will feature 292 guest rooms and be located in a prime area of Dubai Creek, within walking distance of the popular tourist attraction, Souk Al Kabeer. Facing the bustling Creek waterway, one of Dubai’s most vibrant areas, the hotel will feature two food and beverage outlets; a large multi-functional meeting room; 24-hour business center and Pavilion Pantry; as well as a swimming pool and health club.
Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Mina, the second Hampton by Hilton to be agreed for Dubai, will be conveniently located near Dubai International Airport (DXB), Dubai Creek and the emirate’s Port Rashid. The property will feature 206 guest rooms, with breakfast area, a bar and gathering zone, a gym and swimming pool.
“With the arrival of Hilton Garden Inn this year in Al Mina and Al Muraqabat, we are delighted to be adding a further two properties to our growing portfolio with Hilton Worldwide,” said Mr Hesham Al Qassim, CEO, wasl Asset Management Group, parent company of wasl hospitality and leisure. “We believe there is significant opportunity for the growth of the mid-market segment in Dubai and by working with Hilton, a leader in the industry, more and more travelers will be able to experience award winning Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton hospitality.”
Hilton Garden Inn Bur Dubai and Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Mina are both expected to open in early 2019, adding almost 500 additional rooms to Dubai’s mid-market inventory.
Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide, said, “Having recently announced the world’s largest Hampton in Dubai, we are thrilled to be confirming two additional focused-service projects for the UAE, which adds to our fast-growing portfolio of Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton hotels in the Middle East & Africa. Our award-winning brands deliver exceptional hospitality to travellers in the mid-market segment, with more and more guests counting on the value and service on offer.”
In the Middle East, Hilton Garden Inn will make its Dubai debut in 2015 with the opening of hotels in Al Mina and Al Muraqabat, joining Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya, which is already welcoming guests, and Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of the Emirates, which is expected to open in early 2016. Hampton by Hilton now features two properties under development in Dubai – joining more than 150 hotels trading or under development under a Hilton Worldwide brand in the Middle East & Africa.