Middle East's first Nobu Hotel in Riyadh to open this year

The 134-Key designed by Rockwell Group was initially slated to open in 2015

Simon A. Fricker
Simon A. Fricker

The long-awaited Nobu Hotel Riyadh by Nobu Hospitality is in its final phase of construction and is aiming for a soft opening in late Q2 of 2018 said the hotel’s general manager Simon A. Fricker.

Designed by acclaimed Rockwell Group, the 134-key boutique hotel will feature design influences from Japan and the local culture and will also see the debut of the brand in the Middle Eastern and North Africa region was initially slated to open in 2015.

“We are planning to open the booking engine in late second quarter of this year and looking forward to a soft opening in the summer as the season in Riyadh is very quiet after Ramadan — this will really give us the opportunity to set ourselves up for success and soft open certain floors and some F&B outlets. This way we will be fully ready for our full opening in Q4,” Fricker told Hotelier Middle East in an interview at Arabian Travel Market 2018.

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The boutique hotel is a collaboration between Saudi Arabian investment and development company Dhaliliyah owned by Princess Nouf Bint Mohammed Bin Fahad Al-Saud, daughter of Prince Mohammed bin Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.

For F&B, the hotel will feature Nobu Riyadh on the second floor of the hotel with a capacity of 240 people, Zan Tea House, The Market Place Restaurant with a capacity of 120. For MICE, it will feature six meeting rooms, two ballrooms and also offer off-site catering. The hotel also will offer guests the Abariz Spa which includes treatment rooms, hair salon and a fitness center.

Nobu Hotel in Bahrain is also in the works and slated to open in 2019.

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