Hyatt expands across MENA doubling Hyatt-brand hotels in coming years

Qatar will get its second Hyatt-branded property when the 181-guestroom Park Hyatt Doha opens.(Image: Francisco Anzola / CC by 2.0)

Hyatt Hotels is planning to expand Hyatt’s footprint across the Middle East and Gulf Cooperation Council. The hotel group signed management agreements by a Hyatt affiliate for 14 Hyatt-branded hotels representing the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands. These new hotels are poised to double Hyatt’s presence in the region within the next few years.

“We believe the new agreements being announced today, along with the previously announced properties under development, demonstrate growing confidence among owners and developers in the strength of Hyatt-branded hotels in the Middle East and GCC,” Peter Norman, SVP of development for the Europe, Africa and Middle East and Southwest Asia regions for Hyatt, said in a statement. “Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone for Hyatt–the introduction of the Hyatt Centric brand to the Middle East.”

Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt Riyadh will be located in Riyadh's Olaya District near the Kingdom Center and the Al Faisalyah Center. The 275-guestroom hotel is being designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

The 181-guestroom Park Hyatt Doha, meanwhile, will be the second Hyatt-branded property in Qatar.

Grand Hyatt

The Grand Hyatt Kuwait will be part of 360 Mall, a shopping center with retail, leisure and entertainment sites. The 261-room hotel will be located seven miles from downtown near various embassies, government ministries and the Kuwait International Airport. 

The 47-story Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl will be located in the Ras Al Akhdar district of central Abu Dhabi. The hotel will have 368 guestrooms, and will be designed by Dennis Lems Architects Associates, with interiors by MKV Design of London.

Hyatt Regency

Located in Jeddah’s Al Aziziyah neighborhood, the 19-story Hyatt Regency Jeddah will be attached to the Serafi Mega Mall and will have more than 500 guestrooms and serviced apartments.

Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla is the first hotel to open within the Ayla development Marina Village in Jordan, a master-planned, multi-phase development on the northern shores of Aqaba. The 286-guestroom hotel will include access to Jordan’s first 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman.

Hyatt Centric

Hyatt Centric The Palm Dubai, developed by wasl Hospitality, will have twin 15-story hotel towers. Located at the Palm Jumeirah's center, the hotel will have 217 guestrooms and 116 serviced apartments, and will include access to several of Dubai’s landmarks, including the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall, Marina Mall, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina and several golf courses.

Hyatt Centric West Bay Doha will be developed by Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company in Doha’s West Bay business district. The 32-floor tower will have 238 guestrooms and suites, 83 serviced apartments, two restaurants, event space with two ballrooms, a coffee shop, fitness center, spa and swimming pool on the 17th floor.

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House

Six Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels will open in the GCC in the next three years. The development will include Hyatt Place Riyadh/KAFD and Hyatt House Riyadh/KAFD, Hyatt Place Riyadh/Sulaimaniya, Hyatt Place Dubai/Wasl District and Hyatt Place Dubai/Wasl District Residences, Hyatt Place Dubai/Al Mina and Hyatt House Jeddah/Sari Street.