Riyadh’s delayed Nobu Hotel to open soon

Nobu Hospitality’s original announcement said that the hotel would open in 2013

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After several delays, Nobu Hotel in Riyadh will soon have an opening date, according to the group’s CEO Trevor Horwell.

Speaking to sister title Arabian Business, Horwell said that Nobu Hospitality plans to announce a new opening date for the long-awaited Nobu Hotel in Riyadh “very soon”.

Last year, in an interview with Hotelier Middle East, the property’s then-general manager, Simon Fricker, said that the hotel would have a soft opening in Q4 2018.

However, according to information on the property’s website “the hotel will make its debut in late 2019”.

There have been several delays with this project. In their original announcement regarding the property in 2012, it was stated that the hotel would open in 2013. But later announcements revealed that the project would debut in 2015. 

According to Arabian Business’ report, when Horwell was asked about further delays he said “it is not unusual for openings of new hotels to be delayed”.

“More importantly, we are fully aligned with the right partner in the kingdom and will be announcing the schedule very soon to open the Nobu hotel in Riyadh,” he added.

The 23-storey Nobu Riyadh will include 134 rooms as well as the kingdom’s first permanent Nobu restaurant.

The hotel is a collaboration between Nobu and the Dhaliliyah investment and development company owned by Princess Nouf Bint Mohammed bin Fahad Al-Saud, the daughter of Prince Mohammed bin Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and Japanese celebrity chef and restauranteur Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.

The Nobu chain of restaurants and hotels was also co-founded and co-owned by American actor Robert De Niro and producer Meir Teper.

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