Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a new property with local investor Al Hokair Group, for its fourth hotel in Saudi Arabia's industrious Eastern Province.
The latest signing is a 153-room conversion property located in the Eastern Province capital of Dhahran, which is expected to rebrand and reopen as DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran at the end of 2013.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa, said: "Our commitment to Saudi Arabia is steadfast as we continue to seek out the best possible opportunities at a range of locations to grow our brands and to serve KSA's many different communities.
"With 21 properties in our Saudi pipeline, we now have the largest development programme in the region which, when realised, will expand our presence to eight different cities and give us a total of almost 10,000 rooms in the kingdom."
The hotel is located in the Aramco economic and commercial heartland of Dhahran's business region.
John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said: "We hope our presence in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province will help meet the growing demand for premium hotels with global expertise and local sensibilities.
"This latest signing, the sixth DoubleTree by Hilton hotel planned for the Kingdom, brings awareness of the brand to an important and growing city and adds diversity to our expanding Saudi pipeline."
DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran will feature a large function room, four meeting rooms, two restaurants, a business centre and a health club.
Dhahran, and the wider Eastern Province region, is home to most of Saudi Arabia's vast oil reserves and the area's businesses and infrastructure are dominated by the country's number one global export industry.
The region continues to expand rapidly and many industrial, commercial and residential zones now being planned or constructed is helping to drive economic demand for retail and hospitality services in the city.