FRHI Hotels & Resorts currently has seven new
hotels under development in the burgeoning Middle East, Africa and
India (MEAI) region.
The new developments are set to open in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and
“Our newly announced projects represent
significant growth for FRHI and support our global expansion
strategy of growing by 50% over the next five years,”
said Michael Glennie, FRHI’s president & chief operating
officer. "Increasing the footprint of our leading hotel brands, as
well as the continued expansion of our residential business across
the MEAI region is critical to our success. We look forward to
successfully opening these new hotels and to exploring future
development opportunities throughout the region.”
hotel developments include:
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Two new hotels will complement an existing presence in Makkah (the
iconic Makkah Clock Royal Tower, Raffles Makkah Palace, and the
Swissôtel Makkah), as well as the previously announced Fairmont
Riyadh, Business Gate, set to open in 2015.
Raffles Jeddah -
With an enviable location, and inspired by rich Arab heritage, the
luxury hotel will feature 180 guestrooms and 188 branded
residences. The property will offer special wedding suites for
newlyweds, as well as a number of recreational options such
as a library, penthouse-level entertainment suite, and a 1,200
square meter (12,900, square foot) spa and fitness club featuring
an indoor ladies-only pool. The hotel will also have
state-of-the-art event and meeting facilities, including a 1,000
square meter (10,750 square foot) ballroom overlooking the corniche and 750 square meters (8,000 square feet) of meeting
Swissôtel Jeddah - Located in the bustling Palestine
Road, the hotel will have 350 guestrooms, executive rooms and
suites, a variety of dining options, 2,500 square meters (26,900 square feet) of meeting and conference
space, and a 1,200 square meter (12,900 square foot) Pürovel Spa
and Sport center featuring indoor and outdoor pools.
With four properties operating in Dubai and Abu
Dhabi, and more in development (Fairmont Ajman, Fairmont Fujairah,
and Fairmont Abu Dhabi Marina), FRHI is bringing the Swissôtel
brand to its growing UAE portfolio in an emerging area of Dubai.
Swissôtel Jaddaf - Enjoying an excellent location just minutes
away from the Dubai International Airport and close to the
Princess Haya Children’s Hospital, the property will feature 276
guestrooms and suites, 1,600 square meters (17,200 square feet) of
meeting and conference space and a Pürovel Spa
& Spor. The five-star Swissotel will anchor the Al Jaddaf mixed
use development envisioned by Aabar Properties to also include two
other hotels, serviced apartments, residential and retail
To complement existing properties in
Cairo, FRHI will partner with Citystars on a flagship
project in Sharm el Sheikh. Three new hotels and a signature golf
course will be built in Egypt’s Red Sea coastal city.
Fairmont Citystars Sharm el Sheikh
- Part of the first phase,
including extensive retail, residential apartments and a
Crystal Lagoon. The Fairmont is scheduled to open in
2015, includes a Fairmont hotel and residential development with
457 guestrooms and 232 residences.
Sharm el Sheikh - The project’s second phase includes the first
Swissôtel in Egypt with 400 guestrooms and suites overlooking the
Crystal Lagoon alongside retail space and 400 residences due to
open in 2016.
Raffles Citystars Sharm el Sheikh - A luxury
offering of 250 guestrooms and 50 residential villas facing a
private lagoon, the hotel will boast a 2,500 square meter (26,900
square foot) banquet and conference island, retail souks, a “La Croisette” leisure and retail promenade, and a Colin Montgomery
18-hole championship golf course.
The final phase of FRHI’s
Sharm el Sheikh project development covering 7.5 million sqm of
land will include an extensive residential development with
multiple lagoons and a boutique desert hotel with 80 tent-like
rooms. Contributing to the infrastructure of the area, a school
and tennis academy will also be built, as well as a natural
reserve of mangroves planted for environmental preservation.
Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital and the second
fastest-growing city in Africa, represents an important business
hub. The city will soon welcome its first Fairmont property.
Fairmont Lagos - Featuring 220 guestrooms and suites, 50
residences, a Fairmont Gold lounge and an art gallery, the
property will showcase a diversity of handmade arts and crafts including beautifully carved wooden furniture and statues
alongside colorful paintings. A 3,800 square meter (41,000 square
foot) meeting and conference area will cater to the needs of the
business community, while a 1,800 square meter (19,400 square
foot) Willow Stream Spa will offer authentic treatment options and
an extensive menu of relaxation programming.
“This is the first of what we hope will be many exciting
announcements for FRHI in the year ahead, as we continue to focus
on opening new luxury hotels and growing our brands in key
strategic markets,” added Glennie.
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