Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International.

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Al Maryia Real Estate Establishment to open a Four Points by Sheraton in the capital city of Riyadh.

Scheduled to open in 2019, Four Points by Sheraton King Abdul Aziz Road will offer 130 keys in the Sulaimaniyah district of the city.

Six other Four Points by Sheraton branded hotels are on track to open in Saudi Arabia in the next five years, a statement from the American hotel operator said.

Marriott International, president and managing director Middle East and Africa Alex Kyriakidis said in a statement: “This deal reinforces our commitment to Saudi Arabia where we continue to see a strong demand for our brands across the country with over 30 hotels and nearly 10,000 rooms in our development pipeline.”

Al Maryia chairman Mohammad Bin Saad Al Hammaly said, “Marriott International is now the biggest hotel company in the world and we look forward to building a strategic relationship with them that is aligned with Kingdom’s Vision 2030 which enforces the importance of strengthening and expanding the tourism sector in the country. For Al Maryia, this deal is a great step forward in expanding the company’s portfolio in the hospitality sector.”

The 130-key property will include 30 suites and guests have the option to choose from three food and beverage outlets, along with facilities such as a swimming pool and five fully equipped meeting spaces in the hotel.

Located in the Sulaimaniyah district in central Riyadh, the hotel is 15 minutes from King Fahd Road and Olaya Road, and in close proximity to the King Khalid International Airport, King Abdul-Aziz Metro Station and the King Abdullah Financial Center.

Marriott International currently operates 19 properties and over 5,000 rooms in Saudi Arabia.

The company is on track to reach its milestone of 50 operating hotels in the country in the next five years.

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