Middle Eastern shakeout

Hospitality companies in the Middle East are looking to scale up and merge, as they prepare to take advantage of the post-pandemic landscape, and face their countries’ tourism growth plans.    In Abu Dhabi, sovereign wealth fund ADQ has proposed combining its hotel and events businesses, to create a USD5.4bn group. The aim would be to […]

Walia takes up new Marriott leadership role in Middle East

Marriott has announced the appointment of Sandeep Walia to the role of chief operating officer for the Middle East. Walia will step into the role on July 1st, following the retirement of current chief operating officer, Guido De Wilde, announced last month. Walia, will be responsible for Marriott International’s 146 operating hotels across the Middle […]

Saudi Arabia Leads The World In Projected Hotel Supply Growth

LONDON — Saudi Arabia shows 73,057 rooms across the three phases of the hotel pipeline, and the country’s projected 67.1% increase in room supply over the next three years is the highest among the world’s 50 most populated countries, according to STR’s AM:PM platform. Of the total rooms in the pipeline as of 11 March […]

Residence Inn by Marriott announces opening of first hotel in UAE

Residence Inn by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, has announced its debut of the longer stay brand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the opening of Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf. Located in a prime city district and boasting spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa, Residence Inn by Marriott […]

Middle East growth plans

Both Dubai and Saudi Arabia have revealed growth plans that will further reduce their region’s reliance on oil revenues into the future.   Inevitably, such plans include a major focus on hospitality as a sector that will drive international visitors and revenues, over the next decades. For Dubai, the task is about building on an existing infrastructure; for […]

Marriott signs with Al Saedan for three Saudi properties

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Al Saedan Group to open three hotels across Saudi Arabia. The multi-project agreement includes the country and territory’s first Renaissance Hotel, the world’s largest Aloft Hotel and a Courtyard by Marriott in the Holy City of Makkah. All three properties are projected to open by 2025. “We are […]

At year-end 2020, the Middle East Construction Pipeline stands at 542 projects/156,921 rooms

According to the latest published Construction Pipeline Trend Report for the Middle East from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the hotel construction pipeline in the Middle East declined again to 542 projects/156,921 rooms. This is the sixth consecutive quarter project counts have dropped in the region. Fluctuations in oil and gas prices, access to vaccines, the new […]

Digital nomads are helping fuel recovery in the Middle East

The Middle East is starting to see green shoots of recovery as the region attempts to bounce back from the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubai, in particular, has become a destination for digital nomads looking to live and work in one place for an extended period of time, according to data from travel […]