Millennium Hotels focuses on the Gulf region

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels is opening up 11 hotels over the next 18 months, focusing on Saudi Arabia and the UAE with four hotels each, according to Gulf Business.

UAE properties include Millennium Executive Apartments Dubai Marina, s;ated to open in the fourth quarter, the 677-key Bab Al Qasr Abu Dhabi (Q1 2015), Millennium Golf Resort Al Ain and Millennium Hotel Fujairah (both 2015).

The Saudi quartet will see three Millennium hotels in Tabouk, Hayel and Jizan and a Copthorne in Makkah.

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Other new hotels include two hotels in Oman – Grand Millennium Hotel Muscat and Copthorne Falcon Hotel Muscat – and the Millennium Hotel & Convention Centre in Kuwait.

President and CEO Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi is bullish about Saudi Arabia's prospects, saying at least 20 hotels in the Kingdom are under construction.

“We believe the UAE and KSA are the driving forces behind hotel expansion and development in our region,” he said.