As part of its national economic strategy, Saudi Arabia continues to court business from meetings and conventions
. At least one hotelier wants a piece of the action: Warwick Hotels and Resorts, which recently announced plans to dramatically expand its footprint in the kingdom.
Currently, Warwick operates 14 hotels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In the first half of this year, however, it will open seven more -- all of them in Saudi Arabia. On deck are four hotels in the capital city of Riyadh (Al Hamra Palace by Warick
, Makeen Homes by Warwick, Wawick Riyadh, and Dabab Hotel by Warwick
), two hotels in Jeddah (Salsabil by Warwick
and Salsabil Residence by Warwick), and one hotel in Al Khobar (Warwick Al Khobar
"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represents a promising future, hence it was one of our targeted destinations in the region as well as UAE, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, and Oman, where we are strategically developing our portfolio," said Jamal Serhan, senior vice president of Warwick and its CEO for the MENA region.
Established in 1980, Warwick Hotels and Resorts now includes more than 55 properties worldwide.