The MEAI region is set to see the development of seven new hotels operated by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, the company recently announced at the Arabian Travel Market. FRHI is the hotel management company currently holding upscale brands such as Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swîssôtel Hotels & Resorts, all of which are set to expand by at least one new facility in the Middle East, Africa and India region.
FRHI’s announcement is the first phase of the company’s goal to double its operations in the region by 2020. The operator’s current footprint in MEAI currently stands at 19 existing properties. The seven new hotels that are to be added to the portfolio will open in markets including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Nigeria.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is slated to add two new properties to the existing FRHI properties in Makkah and the capital of Riyadh, the city of Jeddah being the focal point for expansion in the country. Raffles Jeddah will be a 180-room, 188-branded-residence facility offering a penthouse entertainment suite, spa, fitness facility and high-end meeting facilities totaling approximately 19,000 square feet of space. Swîssôtel Jeddah will be a 350-key hotel in the Palestine Road growth area that will have 26,900 square feet of meeting space, and a 12,900-square-foot spa center offering both indoor and outdoor pools.