IHG signs agreement to debut Staybridge Suites in Kuwait by Q1 2022

The hotel company signed a management deal with the Al Arabiya Real Estate Company, owned by Kuwait’s The Bukhamseen Group

Pascal Gauvin.
Pascal Gauvin.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement with the Al Arabiya Real Estate Company, owned by Kuwaiti conglomerate The Bukhamseen Group, to debut Staybridge Suites in Kuwait, with the development of Staybridge Suites Kuwait Salmiya. The new hotel is due to open in January 2022, a statement from the hotel company confirmed.

It will feature 120 one- and two-bedroom suites primarily aimed at long-stay guests. The fully serviced apartments will feature separate living and working areas, fully equipped kitchens, state-of-the-art entertainment systems and free WiFi.

Commenting on the agreement, IHG managing director for India, Middle East & Africa Pascal Gauvin said: “The Bukhamseen Group has been one of our most valued partners in the Middle East since we signed one of our first Holiday Inn hotels in the region with them more than 40 years ago. We are excited to be working even more closely together to expand our footprint in Kuwait and introduce Staybridge Suites, to cater to the demands of extended stay travellers.”

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In 2017, IHG and Bukhamseem Group signed an agreement that grants Bukhamseem Group a Kuwait-wide exclusivity for a 10-year term and covers six IHG brands, including InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Resort, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites.

Currently, there are four Staybridge Suites hotels operating across the Middle East, with six more due to open in in the next three to five years according to the statement.

WATCH: IHG's Pascal Gauvin talks about the company's expansion plans in the Middle East

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