By Chris Jackson
The hotel giant announces several signings across the region in its drive for extensive expansion.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has earmarked Kuwait City as the location for a new 200-room InterContinental branded property.
The property, which will be developed in agreement with Bu Khamseen Group Holding company, is set to open in early 2009.
The property will be the fourth IHG property for the business city, with a Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotel already in Kuwait, and the extended-stay brand Staybridge Suites set to enter the market within the next 18 months.
IHG Europe Middle East and Africa managing director Richard Hartman said the property would support the company's "extensive regional expansion plan", which will see almost 7000 rooms added to the inventory across the region by 2010.
The company has also recently announced a Crowne Plaza branded property for Sohar in Oman, scheduled to open later this year, and a further two Crowne Plaza properties for Saudi Arabia.
The 247-room Crowne Plaza Al Khobar will open at the end of summer this year, and the 620-room Crowne Plaza Al Madinah will open in 2008.