Radisson Blu signed for Riyadh Exhibition Center

Upper upscale 200-room hotel will open in Saudi capital in 2017

A rendering of Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center
A rendering of Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center

Carlson Rezidor has further expanded its Saudi Arabia hotel pipeline, with the signing of a new Radisson Blu property in Riyadh.

The 200-room hotel at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center is set to open in the second quarter of 2017 and has been described by the operator as ‘upper upscale’.

It brings to 23 the total number of hotels in operation or under development, with a combined 4200 rooms. Eight of these are located in Riyadh.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry for yet another flagship property in Riyadh,” said Rezidor president & CEO Wolfgang M. Neumann.

“Saudi Arabia is a key focus country for us. The Kingdom sees a rapid infrastructure development which accelerates the travel & tourism sector.

“In 2014, we signed more than 1,000 rooms in Saudi Arabia and will further expand our presence together with strong regional partners.”

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center will feature 200 rooms, a 200 square metre all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant, a lobby, a lounge and a café.

It will also have an indoor swimming pool and a fitness area, as well as 1075 square metres of meetings & events space and 5600 square metres of car parking.

Owned by the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center is a mixed-use complex covering 189,000 square metres and located on King Abdullah Road.

“With its strategic location and iconic architecture, we are confident that the Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center will fast become the first choice of travellers looking for upper upscale, full-service accommodation in the city,” said Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry secretary general Dr. Mohammed Alkathiri.

In October, Carlson Rezidor signed a long-term development agreement with Al Hokair Group in Saudi Arabia to develop and operate more than 30 properties across the kingdom.

The deal covers both existing and new hotels, resorts and serviced apartments under the Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson brands, with the properties opening over the next 15-20 years.

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