Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya appoints general manager
Walid El Awadly will lead the team at the first Hyatt Regency branded hotel in KSA
Walid El Awadly is a hotelier with over 25 years of experience in the industry. In his new role, El Awadly will be taking over and looking after the entire operations of Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya.
El Awadly began his career with Hyatt in the year 2000 as part of the opening team leading Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh, and soon made his way to Phuket, Beijing, Cairo, Dar Es Salaam and Edmonton. During his 17-year journey with Hyatt, he was part of the opening of several Hyatt hotels around the world and has also worked with various other hospitality organisations and brands.
“Riyadh is one of the largest cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It is a major convention and exhibition destination for the government and corporate sectors,” said El Awadly. “After learning about Vision 2030 and observing the development process that Riyadh is undergoing, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead and define Hyatt Regency in this GCC city. Riyadh continues to grow and expand in the tourism sector, and our main aim at Hyatt is to continue being the first choice for business and leisure travelers in the forthcoming years.”
Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya opened its doors to guests in January 2017. The hotel offers 260 spacious guestrooms, including 39 suites, spread across 28 floors. All guestrooms and suites feature panoramic views of the vibrant city of Riyadh. Conveniently located at Olaya Street and King Fahad Road, a growing financial district in Riyadh, and in close proximity to the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center, Hyatt Regency is a business and leisure brand that offers the business traveller convenience in location, technology and authentic restaurants.
Hyatt’s strategy is aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which focuses on stimulating tourism and boosting the Kingdom’s economy. The current Hyatt portfolio in the country comprises Park Hyatt Jeddah, Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Hyatt Place Riyadh Al Sulaimania and Hyatt House Jeddah Sari Street.