Hilton confirms latest element of Saudi growth plan

Pictured: signing ceremony for DoubleTree by Hilton Jeddah Al Andalus Mall. Imagery © 2023 Hilton.
Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement for a new hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as part of its strategy to rapidly grow its portfolio in the country.

The hotel is owned by AlAhli REIT Fund (1), a listed investment fund managed by SNB Capital, and is set to open by 2024.

Jeddah debut

A brand debut in Jeddah, DoubleTree by Hilton Jeddah Al Andalus Mall will undergo an extensive renovation programme that will see significant upgrades to guestrooms, restaurants and recreation facilities.

The hotel will offer guests 164 contemporary rooms and serviced apartments, two food and beverage experiences, state-of-the-art fitness offerings including a gym and an outdoor pool, and seven meetings and events spaces. 

Lively location

This upscale hotel is situated on the King Abdullah Road, and is linked to Al Andalus Mall, one of Jeddah’s most popular shopping destinations and immediately adjacent to the first upcoming Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital with 330 beds.

The site is a 10-minute drive from several renowned educational, medical and entertainment facilities, as well as Jeddah’s downtown and a 20-minute drive from the King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Significant opportunity

Carlos Khneisser, vice president, Development, Middle East and Africa, Hilton, said: “Saudi Arabia represents a significant opportunity for Hilton to grow its portfolio and, with the announcement of this DoubleTree by Hilton property in an exceptional location, we look forward to further expanding our full service footprint across the country.

“Our partnership with the SNB Capital reaffirms Hilton’s desire to work with great partners and our strong commitment to the private sector.”

Brand firsts

Hilton currently operates 16 hotels in Saudi Arabia and has another 51 under development.

The company plans to expand its operations to more than 75 properties in the coming years, including the introduction of new brands such as LXR Hotels & Resorts (LXR Hotels & Resort Diriyah Gate), Canopy by Hilton (Canopy by Hilton Al Khobar Ajdan Waterfront, Canopy by Hilton Al Khobar the Avenues and Canopy by Hilton The Avenues – Riyadh), Embassy Suites by Hilton (Embassy Suites by Hilton King Abdul Aziz Road Makkah) and Hampton by Hilton (Hampton by Hilton Hafr al-Batin).