Dur Hospitality to focus on Saudi Arabia hospitality market

The company is not yet looking to operate beyond the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, choosing to use its market knowledge to the fullest

Dr Badr AlBadr
Dr Badr AlBadr

Dur Hospitality CEO Badr AlBadr has said that the company is currently bullish on the Saudi Arabia hospitality market, with no immediate plans to expand beyond the Kingdom.

Speaking to Hotelier Middle East on the sidelines of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), Dr AlBadr said when asked about the possibility of operating beyond Saudi Arabia: “We ask ourselves that question regularly. Every time we examine the circumstances and we see that we have an advantage by understanding the market in Saudi Arabia. The market is still growing very rapidly so we don’t see a reason at this moment to branch out. We will double down and focus on the market in Saudi Arabia and then we will examine that question again.”

Dur Hospitality is increasing its focus on Makkah and Madinah with its Makarem strategy, revealed Dr AlBadr, and noted that there are more than 6,000 rooms in the pipeline in Makkah and Madinah.

Did you like this story?
Click here for more

On the development front, Dur Hospitality is set to open the Diplomatic Quarter Marriott Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Q4 this year. “We are very excited about that project, it’s a flagship for the company. It’s the first hotel in Saudi Arabia to be LEED certified,” he added.

For all the latest hospitality news from UAE, Gulf countries and around the world, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page.

Most Popular

Newsletter

Reports

Human Capital Report 2017

Human Capital Report 2017

The second annual Hotelier Middle East Human Capital Report is designed to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities facing hospitality professionals responsible for the hotel industry’s most important asset – its people. The report combines the results of Hotelier Middle East's HR Leaders Survey with exclusive interviews with the region's senior human resources directors.

Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016

Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016

The Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016 provides essential business insight into this critical hotel function, revealing a gradual move towards the use of automated management and a commitment to sustainability, concerns over recruitment, retention and staff outsourcing, and the potential to deliver much more, if only the industry's "image problem" can be reversed.

From the edition

From the magazine