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Starwood to Open Three Properties in Saudi Arabia
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced plans to open three new hotels in Saudi Arabia after signing a long-term management agreement with the Alhokair Group. The addition of the Four Points by Sheraton Mall of Arabia in Jeddah, Four Points by Sheraton Dhahran and Aloft Riyadh will increases Starwood’s portfolio to 13 hotels in Saudi Arabia.
Starwood currently operates 50 hotels and resorts in the Middle East under five of its nine brands, including Sheraton, Le Méridien, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton and the Luxury Collection. Starwood expects to double its portfolio in the broader Europe, Africa and the Middle East region to approximately 500 properties by 2013.
Four Points by Sheraton Mall of Arabia is scheduled to open in early 2010 less than three miles from the King Abdul Aziz International Airport and just five miles from the old city. The hotel will provide direct access to the Mall of Arabia, Jeddah’s premier shopping complex. It will offer 300 rooms, two restaurants, a lobby lounge, swimming pool, poolside snack bar, fitness center, business center and more than 3,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space for events and conferences.
Four Points by Sheraton Dhahran is expected to open in early 2011 at the intersection of Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Road and King Saud Road in Dhahran, a major administrative center for Saudi Arabia’s oil industry. The hotel’s close location to the Mall of Dhahran will provide guests with easy access to dining, shopping and entertainment. The newly constructed hotel will be 24 miles from the King Fahd International Airport and 20 miles from the Kingdom of Bahrain. It will feature 236 comfortable rooms and suites ranging from deluxe room to Executive Suites, as well as two restaurants, a lobby lounge, swimming pool, fitness center, gift shop and more than 3,700 square feet of meeting space for meetings and conferences of various sizes.
Scheduled to open in early 2011, Aloft Riyadh will be the second Aloft in the Middle East, following the opening of Aloft Abu Dhabi in 2009. Aloft Riyadh will be situated in the Olaya district at the intersection of Olaya Street and Mecca Road, which links Riyadh to Jeddah and Saudi Arabia’s eastern province. The hotel will offer 225 spacious, loft-like rooms, communal lobby area, bar, fitness center, splash pool and a one-stop food and beverage area.
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