By Andy Sambidge
Accor unit Sofitel announces plan to open luxury property in Riyadh in 2015
French luxury hotel brand Sofitel on Sunday announced plans to open a property in Riyadh.
The hotel will be part of a joint venture between the King Abdullah International Foundation and Sofitel brand operator Accor and is slated to open in 2015.
In a statement, the companies said the five-star hotel will be the anchor point of a major complex, developed over an area of approximately 100,000 sq m.
The mixed-use development will also include the headquarters of the Foundation, a mosque and a convention centre.
The Sofitel Riyadh, which is currently under construction, is expected to open by the end of 2015 and will include 400 rooms and suites, six food and beverage outlets, meeting facilities, a swimming pool, and a spa.
"The hotel and the rest of the complex will provide a lasting legacy to the noble vision and initiatives of King Abdullah to bring about lasting and positive impact to humanity as a whole," the statement said.
Salim Al-Aydh, executive president of the Foundation, added: "We believe that the combination of the Sofitel brand with its contemporary and distinguished style will be a perfect match with the iconic and modern architectural design of the Foundation's hotel building.
"In years to come, we are sure that the Foundation will be acknowledged as an important venue and a platform for globally significant philanthropic events."
Sofitel operates four hotels in the Gulf region and is also scheduled to launch a property in Dubai in July 2013.
Denis Hennequin, Accor chairman & CEO, said: "We believe there is a great potential for Sofitel in the Middle East and we are delighted to sign a new agreement for this exceptional project in the kingdom."
The Sofitel brand has a presence in 40 countries with more than 30,000 rooms.