Three new Mövenpick hotels for Saudi Arabia

Swiss chain unveils plans for three projects in the Kingdom at Riyadh, Bureidah and Yanbu

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By  Sarah Gain Published  July 7, 2006

Mövenpick plans to open three new hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to bring the company’s portfolio in the country up to nine. The company already operates two hotels in the city of Madinah and two in Jeddah, while two further hotels are currently under construction in Al Khobar and Mecca, due to open in 2007. Hotels in Riyadh, Bureidah and Yanbu, which will all be operated by Mövenpick on a management agreement basis, will now join these. “With a total of nine Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts by 2008, we will enjoy extensive coverage of all major cities in Saudi Arabia and provide our regional and international guests with a high level of comfort, gastronomy and service guaranteed by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts worldwide,” said Andreas Mattmüller, senior vice president of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East. The Mövenpick Hotel Riyadh is located in the business district of the city. The hotel, which is owned by the Mohamed Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi Establishment for Trade and Agriculture, is scheduled to open in 2008, and will comprise of 300 rooms and suites, including poolside villas and royal suites. In addition, the hotel will offer nine conference rooms, a ballroom catering for up to 1000 guests, and a business centre. A management agreement has also been signed with the same owning company for a hotel located in Bureidah, in the Al Qasim region, around 400km north of Riyadh. The new five-star Mövenpick Hotel Bureidah, due to open by the end of this year, is located in the city’s central business district and boasts 156 rooms and three royal suites. Three international and themed restaurants are planned for the property and the hotel will also offer three conference rooms, a grand ballroom and a business centre. The third and final hotel, meanwhile, is to be located north of Jeddah in the industrial city of Yanbu, a major Red Sea port. The hotel is owned by Al Jazeerah Hotels & Resorts and will be completed by 2008. The Mövenpick Hotel Yanbu will have 144 rooms and suites, as well as 12 duplex villas and 22 bungalows, each with its own living room, dining room and kitchen. “The signing of these management agreements with strong partners represents a significant further step in our expansion plans across the Middle East,” explained Mattmüller. The Swiss hotel chain set out to double its portfolio of properties in 1999, when it operated 35 hotels and 7,400 rooms. The company looks well on track to achieve this, and by the end of 2007 its portfolio will comprise a total of 73 hotels and more than 19,000 rooms. In Dubai alone seven Mövenpick Hotels are to be completed over the next two years. Over that same period hotels are scheduled for completion in El Obour, Egypt; Sana’a, Yemen; Doha, Qatar; and Saudi Arabia.

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