IHG: further Expansion in Middle East

Hotel Indigo Dubai, an artist's impression of The Sustainable City. Image courtesy of IHG.

Hotel Indigo Dubai, an artist’s impression of The Sustainable City. Image courtesy of IHG.

The well-known InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) recently announced that they will be expanding their presence in the Middle East

Recent signings include a double-deal in Kuwait and a second Hotel Indigo in Dubai.The signings will see the hotel company grow its presence by about 600 rooms across the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the next three to five years.

In 2017, IHG will open the Hotel Indigo Dubai The Sustainable City, the 170 room hotel is part of Dubai’s first sustainable integrated development – which will no doubt lay the framework for green hospitality in the region.

This will be the third Hotel Indigo in the Middle East, joining the recently signed Hotel Indigo Dubai Business Bay and Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdullah Financial District in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (which is set to launch the brand into the Middle East next year).

IHG also further strengthened its 30-year relationship with the Bukhamseen Group in Kuwait with a multi-deal signing. In addition, a 20-year renewal was signed for the 189-room Holiday Inn Kuwait Salmiyah. The four agreements, together with Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi which opened last year, will see IHG manage a total of more than 1,000 rooms across three brands with the Bukhamseen family: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn.

Saudi Arabia continues to be a key market for IHG and this is demonstrated by the signing of a franchise agreement for the first Holiday Inn in Tabuk with DUR Hospitality Company (formerly Saudi Hotels and Resort Co or SHARACO). The 83-room Holiday Inn Tabuk is the first hotel to be developed under the master development agreement (MDA) inked between IHG and DUR Hospitality Company last year.

Holiday Inn Tabuk. Image courtesy of IHG

Holiday Inn Tabuk. Image courtesy of IHG


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