Millennium & Copthorne embarks on Middle East expansion

SINGAPORE’S Millennium & Copthorne Hotels (M&C) has signed 10 hotels in Saudi Arabia, as it seeks to boost its portfolio in the Middle East.

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, president & CEO, M&C Middle East, Africa and Indian Subcontinent, said: “We are very excited about the Saudi market, where we see huge potential for our brands. It is clear our investors agree with us too, as six of our hotels were signed with the same owner.”

Together, the 10 properties will account for more than 4,000 rooms across Saudi Arabia. The largest hotel will add 1,500 rooms to the group’s inventory in Mecca once it opens in 2015, while another hotel in Riyadh will offer 650 rooms. Other cities that have been earmarked include Medina, Al Bahah, Ha’il, Jazan and Tabouk.

The first M&C hotels in Saudi Arabia are scheduled to open later this year, with further openings over the next three years.

Elsewhere in the region, M&C has more than 34 hotels and hotel apartment properties in the pipeline across the UAE, Qatar, Jordan and South Africa.

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