Hilton inks first airport hotel for Saudi Arabia

Imagery © 2023 Hilton.
Hilton Worldwide is continuing its expansion across Saudi Arabia with the signing of its first airport hotel in the country.

Hilton Dammam Airport will be completed in partnership with Al Musbah Group and Damman Airports Company (DACO). 

Facility range

The 273-key property will offer guests spacious and contemporary accommodation with direct skywalk access to the terminal building at King Fahd International Airport. The site is also within easy reach of Dammam City Centre, as well as Dharan, Khobar and nearby Bahrain.

Lodging options will comprise guestrooms, junior suites, as well as larger one and two-bedroom suites. Featuring an all-day dining restaurant with an outdoor terrace, a café, an outdoor pool with adjacent café, and fitness centres, the hotel will have a range of leisure facilities. Hilton Dammam Airport will also offer state-of-the-art meeting facilities for business travellers, including several meeting rooms and an executive lounge that caters for up to 90 people.

Positive impact

Mohammed Al Hassani, CEO of DACO, expressed his pride in this agreement, and its positive impact for the future of passenger services at the airport, adding: “We are delighted to work with our partners Al Musbah Group and Hilton to develop this new Hilton hotel at the busy King Fahd International Airport in Dammam. We are confident the Al Musbah Group and Hilton partnership will be a great, long-term success.”

Mohammed Almusbahi, director, Al Musbah Group, said: “We are delighted to partner with Hilton to open Hilton Dammam Airport. The modern, upscale property will serve passengers and crew passing through the busy King Fahd International Airport, as well as business and leisure travellers visiting the surrounding areas. The opening of the hotel also broadens our partnership of over 25 years at King Fahd International Airport, where we have led concessions for travel retail, parking operations and technology, and food and beverage.”

Signing commitment

Carlos Khneisser, vice president, development, Middle East and Africa, Hilton, commented: “Saudi Arabia’s rapid evolution continues to provide exciting growth opportunities for Hilton, and we’re working with our owners to introduce more award-winning hospitality brands in locations throughout the country.

“This signing is another example of Hilton’s commitment to supporting the tourism industry in Saudi Arabia and to enabling growth in key destinations as well as up-and-coming, large-scale developments and secondary cities. Hilton has pioneered the airport hotel concept and we are thrilled to announce that this will be Hilton’s first airport hotel in the country.”

Largest regional pipeline

Hilton currently operates 16 hotels in the Kingdom with plans to open over 50 new hotels across 10 of its brands, making Saudi Arabia the company’s largest pipeline market in the EMEA region.

Projects include the introduction of new brands such as LXR Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton. The company plans to grow its portfolio to more than 75 properties in the Kingdom over the coming years.