Marriott International has said it is planning significant growth in the Middle East and Africa after announcing the signing of a 300-suite Marriott Executive Apartments and unveiling plans to open 17 new properties across the region this year.
The hotel giant, which operates nearly 150 properties in the MEA region across nine brands in 19 countries, said the Doha Marriott Executive Apartments is due to open in 2019 and will be the first of its kind in Qatar.
It added in a statement that a total of 10 new properties representing 4,600 rooms are set to open in the UAE and Saudi Arabia between 2016 and 2017.
In Saudi Arabia in particular, the company has revealed that 21 new hotels with approximately 4,200 rooms have been slated to open by 2025.
“We have ambitious plans for growth internationally, and the Middle East and Africa will play a large role in helping us achieve both our short-term and long-term targets,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa of Marriott International.
Marriott International has also set its sights on new geographies within the MEA region with debuts planned in Iraq, Gabon, Rwanda, Tunisia, Benin, Kenya, Libya and Mauritius.
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