Emaar reveals details of Saudi debut

The 14-storey Vida Jeddah Gate hotel tower and the 25-storey Vida Residences Jeddah Gate tower will feature 202 hotel rooms and suites in addition to the 162 serviced residences

Vida Jeddah Gate
Vida Jeddah Gate

Emaar Hospitality Group has revealed details of its Saudi Arabian debut: the upcoming launch of Emaar's first hotel and serviced residence property in Jeddah Gate.

The 14-storey Vida Jeddah Gate hotel tower and the 25-storey Vida Residences Jeddah Gate tower will feature 202 hotel rooms and suites in addition to the 162 serviced residences, which will be for sale, available in 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedrooms, reported sister title Arabian Business.

Family-friendly, Shari'ah compliant and environmentally responsible, the development takes design cues from Islamic heritage and the façade and textures will be reminiscent of Saudi architectural styles, Emaar said in a statement.

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Chris Newman, corporate director of operations at Emaar Hospitality Group, said the expansion of the company's operations into Saudi Arabia is underpinned by the renewed focus of the kingdom to strengthen its tourism sector and the reputation of Jeddah as a hub for business and commerce.

"The new generation of Saudi entrepreneurs and professionals will find that the design, service, quality and facilities we offer will more than meet their expectations," he added.

Vida Jeddah Gate will also offer a wide range of amenities including an all-day dining restaurant, lobby lounge for quick bites, a signature restaurant and a bistro. It will have a dedicated events space that can host up to 120 people, a spa and fitness centre, podium level pool, kids club and pool lounge.

Emaar said Vida Jeddah Gate and Vida Residences Jeddah Gate will contribute to the focus of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage to strengthen the kingdom's tourism sector. Saudi Arabia recorded a 25 percent increase in tourist arrivals in the first half of 2015.

Emaar Hospitality Group owns and manages a diversified portfolio of assets including hotels, serviced residences, leisure assets and a dedicated Lifestyle Dining division in Dubai. It has also expanded to international markets including Turkey, Egypt, and Bahrain.

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