Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced the signing of a management agreement with Fahd Abdallah al-Harbi & Sons Limited to open DoubleTree by Hilton Jeddah Al Salamah District in Saudi Arabia. The hotel is expected to begin welcoming guests in Q1 2020.
"Saudi Arabia features our largest pipeline in the Middle East, and we are pleased to be expanding our portfolio in the country with the addition of this property," said Carlos Khneisser, vice president of development, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Hilton. "As Saudi Arabia's second largest city and the biggest seaport in the Red Sea, Jeddah is a key business and leisure destination. We are delighted to have signed the first DoubleTree by Hilton property in Jeddah and are confident that the upscale brand is a good fit for the city."
DoubleTree by Hilton Jeddah Al Salamah District will be conveniently located just 10 kilometres from King Abdulaziz International Airport. It will be near Al Madina Al Munawwarah Road, the main artery connecting the airport with the rest of Jeddah, offering easy access to Jeddah's business districts. The 114-guest room hotel will feature a fitness centre, outdoor pool and spa, and will also offer a business centre, large multifunctional meeting room, meeting room and boardroom. Dining options include an all-day dining restaurant and a lobby café.
"We look forward to welcoming travellers to Jeddah with DoubleTree by Hilton's unique style of hospitality, which begins with our signature, warm DoubleTree cookie upon arrival and continues with excellent service throughout a guest's stay, said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton.
Jeddah has a large port and is home to several company headquarters, making it a logistical and commercial hub. In addition, King Abdulaziz International Airport offers direct flights to destinations around the world, and expansion plans are expected to increase the capacity of the airport to approximately 80 million passengers by 2035. The airport also features a Hajj terminal built specifically for pilgrims going to Makkah - Jeddah acts as a gateway to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah,. The area is also a popular destination for travellers within Saudi Arabia because of its location along the coast of the Red Sea and its range of retail and dining options.
Fahd Abdalah Abdelrahman al-Harbi, the principal shareholder of Fahd Abdallah al-Harbi & Sons Limited together with Finesse Al Finesse, the owner representative and CEO of Vin & K development company, said, "We are very pleased to have partnered with Hilton to open this upscale hotel. DoubleTree by Hilton is a leading brand globally with a strong presence in Saudi Arabia - we are confident this hotel will meet the highest standards in international hospitality."
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