Radisson Hotel Group (RHG) has announced expansion plans in the Middle East as it sets to add over 5,000 keys over the next five years, further cementing its presence in the region with a growing portfolio of 77 hotels in operation and under development.
Currently operating 52 properties in the Middle East with more than 11,000 keys, RHG continues to focus on the region, with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and United Arab Emirates (UAE) remaining its core markets, and plans to sign at least five hotels and open more than 1,000 keys within the next 12 months.
The recent opening of Radisson Hotel Riyadh Airport marked RHG’s first Radisson-branded property in Riyadh, KSA, while Mansard Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel is the brand’s second hotel in the city.
Radisson Beach Resort Palm Jumeirah will open later this year in the UAE.
RHG has over 25 hotels and serviced apartments in operation and under development in the Kingdom, including the upcoming openings of Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Convention and Exhibition Center, and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Makkah’s Thakher City Development.
Elie Milky, vice president development for the Middle East, Pakistan, Cyprus and Greece, RHG said: “We will be announcing more hotels with plans to open another 400 keys before the end of the year, closing the year with almost 1,000 keys signed and almost 1,500 keys opened across the GCC and Levant sub-regions.
“We also look forward to capitalising on our expanding development team across the Middle East and to the opening of our office in Riyadh, reaffirming our strategic shift on the Kingdom.”
Other signings include Radisson Blu Hotel, Amman Galleria Mall in Jordan and Park Inn by Radisson Kuwait Hotel & Apartments in Kuwait, scheduled to open in 2023, as well as Park Inn by Radisson Muscat Airport in Oman.
“We remain committed to unlocking (Middle East) potential with a solid and immediate pipeline to double our hotels in this area by 2026,” adds Elie Younes, executive vice president and global chief development officer, RHG.