News Feb 28, 2017 02:39 PM EST

Saudi Arabia Adds Nearly 30,000 New Hotel Rooms For 2017

By April Kirstin Chua

Saudi Arabia continues to hold its reputation for developing high-end and luxurious hotels as it opens 68 new ones with 29,033 rooms across its major cities this year. This is according to a report revealed last Feb. 22 in preparation for The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2017.

In a press release statement, Saudi Arabia Construction Overview carried by TOPHOTELPROJECTS names Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar and Makkah as the busiest areas for hospitality development in Saudi Arabia for 2017. The Kingdom will see the opening of the much-awaited hotels such as Assila Hotel Rocco Forte, TIME Qurayyat Hotel, Nobu Hotel Riyadh, Swiss-Belhotel Al Khobar and Abraj Kudai Towers. The latter is said to become the world's biggest hotels accommodating 10,000 rooms in the fourth quarter.

"The hospitality landscape in Saudi Arabia is developing at pace, and this is a particularly exciting year," John Suzara, Event Manager of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2017 said. Abraj Kudai will open in Makkah while the others are entering the market at a time of growth for the Kingdom's tourism, leisure and hospitality industries following the launch of Saudi Arabia's National Vision 2030. Nobu and Rocco Forte Hotels are international brands that will enter the market for the first time in 2017.

Assila Hotel Rocco Forte opens on Mar. 12 in the heart of Jeddah that claims 147 rooms, 63 suites with an addition of 94 residential suites, spread across two large towers. The residences will be the first fully serviced residential apartments in the Kingdom. The hotel's decision to add Jeddah to its record of international properties is because of a large existing client base in Saudi Arabia.

"The incredible history, art, culinary culture and friendliness of people is an experience which I am sure a lot of travelers would and will appreciate," Christian Renz, Vice President sales at Rocco Forte Hotels said positively. He notes Jeddah as a very fast developing city that continues to grow over the past years. Meanwhile, the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2017 is celebrating its fifth edition and will take place on the first week of April at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events. 

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