Hilton Worldwide Signs Two Management Agreements In Saudi Arabian Capital With King Saud University Endowment

  • Hilton Hotels
  • 08.10.10
Hilton Worldwide announced the signing of a management agreement with Saudi Arabia's King Saud University Endowment for the 241-room Hilton Riyadh King Saud University and the 155-room Hilton Riyadh King Saud University Residence - both expected to open by 2012.

"Saudi Arabia is our number one development market in the Middle East. Riyadh is drawing both domestic and international visitors from strong business and corporate markets, and we are delighted to meet this demand with two additional Hilton branded properties with the same owner. The cross-selling opportunities with our six existing hotels in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and Riyadh are tremendous," said Andrew Clough, senior vice president, development, Middle East & Asia-Pacific, Hilton Worldwide.

King Saud University is Saudi Arabia's oldest, largest and most prestigious higher education centre with a student population of 70,000 attending various colleges and research centres. The two new properties are located in one of the capital's premier locations in close proximity to downtown Riyadh, the Diplomatic Quarter and the King Abdullah Financial District, as well as an upmarket residential district for government ministers and royalty. King Khaled International Airport which handles 11 million passengers per year, is a 28 kilometre drive.

"We are delighted to have signed two properties in the capital, in line with our goal to increase the presence of our brands in Saudi Arabia around the world," said Paul Brown, president, global brands and commercial services, Hilton Worldwide.

With preliminary groundwork already underway, the new-build properties will feature facilities and amenities catering to both the business and leisure traveller when they open in 2012.

"We are delighted that Hilton Worldwide is a key part of this landmark project, with two Hilton branded properties. With the capital developing into a business and luxury hub, attracting millions of regional and international visitors while hosting thousands of expatriate families, the entry of these two properties adds to the city's metropolitan credentials and showcases the diversity of its hospitality offerings," said Dr. Abdulrehman AI-Harkan, CEO, King Saud University Endowment.

Hilton Worldwide's existing portfolio in Riyadh includes the Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya, the upcoming Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Al Muroj (Q3 2011) and the Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residence (Q4 2013).

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