IHG to launch Holiday Inn Express in Saudi Arabia

IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to introduce the Holiday Inn Express brand to Saudi Arabia with the opening of a new-build hotel in Riyadh.

This property designed for smart travellers is the result of a management agreement signed with Riyadh-based Al Woroud Real Estate. This opening will cater for new guest segments within the Saudi Vision 2030 strategy for tourism.

Brand entry to the Kingdom

On opening in 2026, Holiday Inn Express Riyadh will reflect the brand’s approach to affording simple, smart accommodation that provides a launchpad for guests making their next connection.

Fresh, bold and modern ‘next generation’ design will be paired with an excellent location at this 200-key, new-build property in the capital’s central Olaya district.

On these plans, Haitham Mattar, Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “As we continue to expand in Saudi Arabia in line with the country’s tourism strategy, we are delighted to sign a management agreement with Al Woroud Real Estate in dynamic and fast-moving Riyadh to bring a world-leading brand, Holiday Inn Express to the Kingdom.”

“The government has been progressively investing in the tourism sector and will bring ever more diverse guest segments to the market, across business, leisure, and spiritual tourism. Through the range of stay experiences offered by our brand portfolio, including Holiday Inn Express, we can provide guest experiences to suit the needs of all visitors coming to the Kingdom.”

“The new Holiday Inn Express Riyadh will provide an elevated experience to smart travellers with next generation guest rooms and public spaces. We are confident that the hotel will be the first choice for an increasing number of travellers to The Kingdom who need a simple, engaging place to rest and get their work done.”

Signature brand offerings

Brand hallmarks within the new Holiday Inn Express property will include high-speed WiFi, smart TVs, premium bedding, pillow options, complimentary ‘Express Start Breakfast’, speedy check-in and power showers, altogether delivering a hassle-free and efficient stay.

The hotel will encompass a reimagined food and beverage offering and flexible public spaces, business facilities including two meeting rooms, a swimming pool and fully equipped gym.

Offering a convenient base, the hotel will be within easy reach of Riyadh’s major arterial road connecting the north and south of the capital, King Fahd Road, as well as King Khalid International Airport.

Mohammed Al Balwi, Chief Executive Officer of Al Woroud Real Estate, said: “We are pleased to partner with IHG Hotels & Resorts in bringing a flagship Holiday Inn Express hotel to Saudi Arabia and contribute to the capital’s expanding hospitality landscape.”

“Holiday Inn Express is a well-recognised brand globally and has a huge base of loyal guests who are looking for smart and efficient accommodation. We are confident that with the power of the brand, IHG’s strong local expertise and global systems, the hotel will be a huge success.”