Hilton ramps up Middle East expansion with spate of deals

Opening in 2020, the new Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences will be attached to The Avenues, Bahrain.

Hilton continues to assert itself in the Middle East, having signed five deals in the past two days as it continues its expansion through region.

Yesterday, Hilton signed two new Dubai DoubleTree hotels with Dubai-based Nakheel. Today, the hotel group agreed to open Bahrain's first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in early 2020 with developers KFCD and Mabanee for $66 million.

The partnership also debuts the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Garden Inn brands in Bahrain. All will be part of the expansion of The Avenues, Kuwait, also owned by Mabanee.

The Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences joins a pipeline of 120 properties for Hilton in the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey. The company has one of the largest active pipelines in the GCC with over 16,000 rooms under construction.

The new hotel will be attached to The Avenues, Bahrain on the Bahrain Bay waterfront. Construction of the 210-guestroom property is already underway. Phase 1 of the mall development will have retail and restaurant brands, which will open in the last quarter of 2017. A second phase will add a further 322,000+ square feet of GLA.

Carlos Khneisser, VP of development, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Hilton, said in a statement, “We are continuing to sustain rapid growth across the GCC under a range of brands and all these hotels represent quality locations and valuable additions to our portfolio. Working in strong partnership with owners, such as KFCD and Mabanee, on a continued basis allows us to expand more quickly and more strategically. We look forward to working together on identifying further opportunities, as well as progressing the projects we are already developing together.”

Photo courtesy of Avenues: The Avenues, Bahrain debuts later this year. 
Yesterday's deal with Nakheel signed two DoubleTree by Hilton hotels and serviced apartments in Nakheel's Jumeirah Village Triangle and Deira Boulevard.
Already under construction, the DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Al Khail Avenue in Jumeirah Village will open in 2019. As part of the new Nakheel Mall, the hotel will have 254 rooms and serviced apartments.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Residences Deira Islands will be part of the Deira Boulevard residential, retail and commercial site on the waterfront. The twin-tower hotel opening in 2020 will have 250 rooms and 200 serviced apartments. 
These properties expand Hilton's portfolio of  500+ upscale hotels with more than 117,000 rooms DoubleTree by Hilton operates in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations in six continents.
These deals follow the recent opening of the 285-room Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa in Jordan just two months ago. Hilton will debut its next Middle Eastern hotel, the 180-room Hilton Tanger City Center Hotel & Residences in Morroco, in June of this year.