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Sofitel hired to run new luxury Saudi hotel

Sofitel Jeddah slated to open in 2014; will feature 189 rooms and suites

Sofitel hired to run new luxury Saudi hotel
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A unit of French hotel giant Accor has been hired by Al Tamiuz Hotels & Resorts to manage a new luxury property planned for Saudi Arabia, it was announced on Monday.

Sofitel Hotels, the luxury brand of Accor, will operate the Sofitel Jeddah which is slated to open in 2014.

The Sofitel Jeddah will feature 189 rooms and suites, and will also include six food and beverage outlets, meeting facilities, two swimming pools, a health club, a spa and a squash court and a cinema.

Sofitel, which currently has eight properties in the GCC, is already operating in Al Khobar and has also signed a flagship property in Riyadh which is scheduled to open for 2015.

"We trust there is a great potential for Sofitel in the Middle East and we are delighted to sign a new agreement for this beautiful project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, by blending our different cultures: our French heritage of elegance and lifestyle with the finest of the Islamic culture and the Arabic tradition for hospitality," said Robert Gaymer Jones, Sofitel CEO.

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