Meliá Hotels International announced plans to grow at a rate of around one hotel every three weeks, both in consolidated markets and particularly in emerging markets. In 2013 the company opened new markets in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, with hotels such as the Gran Meliá Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, which is already under construction and will open in 24 months’ time. The company now operates in 39 countries.
The new Gran Meliá Riyadh will be housed in a glass building in an urban location in the so-called Cairo Square in the heart of the Saudi capital. The building dominates the parks that give the city its name (“place of gardens and trees”) and is surrounded by shopping centers and government ministries and offices.
The hotel will initially provide 252 rooms, several restaurants, a spa and wellness center, and a convention center measuring approximately 26,910 square feet.
Meliá will take an active role in the final design through a technical assistance agreement reached with the owner, thus allowing the company to ensure compliance with the standards of the luxury Gran Meliá brand, already home to such city hotels as the Gran Meliá Rome Villa Agrippina and the Gran Meliá Fénix in Madrid, or resorts such as the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora in Tenerife or the Gran Meliá Puerto Rico, among others.