IHG plans Staybridge Suites debut for Bahrain

[From left] Pascal Gauvin, managing director, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG; Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, CEO of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority; Faisal Faqeeh, chairman of Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company; and Abdulrahman Al Kooheji, GM of Bin Faqeeh Real Estate, at the signing for the Staybridge Suites Manama Al Seef. Photo credit: IHG

IHG has signed a deal to open the Staybridge Suites Manama Al Seef, bringing the brand to Bahrain. 

Expected to open in January 2020, the 128-room extended-stay hotel will operate under a management agreement with developer Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company S.P.C. 

Located in the capital, the hotel will be close to the Seef District, a popular shopping and commercial destination. 

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“The development of Staybridge Suites comes in line with [the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority's] strategy, which focuses on four pillars—awareness, attraction, access and accommodation—in order to attract regional and international visitors, further increasing the tourism sector’s contribution to the national economy,” said Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, CEO of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority. “Bahrain is currently witnessing the launch of several hotels and serviced apartments due to the influx of inbound tourists. We will continue to dedicate our efforts towards enhancing tourist and hospitality services.”

“The tourism industry in Bahrain is gaining momentum with an increase in leisure and business travelers, especially from the GCC countries,” said Pascal Gauvin, managing director, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, noting that the sector also is seeing a growing demand for extended-stay accommodation. “Seef District is the commercial hub of Bahrain and boasts of some of the best shopping destinations in the city, which is why it makes perfect sense to develop the Kingdom of Bahrain’s first Staybridge Suites here.” 

The Staybridge Suites Manama Al Seef is IHG’s third hotel in the country.