Hilton Worldwide said on Monday that it is set to add the city of Al Ahsa to its Saudi Arabia portfolio, following a signing agreement with Al Jazeera Group.
The 180-room Hilton Al Ahsa is expected to open in 2016 and will be located in the downtown area of Al Ahsa, the hotel giant said in a statement.
Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts said: "I am delighted we continue to consolidate our presence by expanding the company's flagship brand into the new market of Al Ahsa, a city with growing appeal for business and leisure travellers to the region."
The hotel will feature a variety of restaurants and lounges as well as a wealth of conference and event facilities including a large multi-function room, two boardrooms, four meeting rooms and a business centre.
Leisure amenities will include an outdoor pool as well as a separate male and female health club and spa.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa said: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an integral part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio and today's announcement strengthens our commitment to the country and to one of the company's biggest development markets. We have the right partner, the right location and the right property to add value and presence to the Al Ahsa landscape and to the character of the city."
As one of the largest oasis regions in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, Al Ahsa is famous for its fertile agricultural business and the abundance of date palms, served by the plentiful reserves of underground water, for which the city is famous.
Al Ahsa also lays claim to many archaeological sites and, as an early trading route stop between the West and the Orient, was celebrated as a significant early centre for commerce.
Sheikh Dr Jassim bin Nasser bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani from owners Al Jazeera Group said: "Al Ahsa is a flourishing destination and the addition of a new property by Hilton Worldwide, and the well-known quality it represents, will be a major boost to the city."For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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