New Radisson Blu hotel to be opened in Riyadh

The hotel will have 163 rooms and suites, and is slated to open in Q1 2019

Global hotel operator Carlson Rezidor has signed a new Radisson Blu hotel in Riyadh, it announced on Tuesday.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al Sahafa will have 163 rooms and suites, a restaurant and an executive lounge.

The meeting and events space will be spread across 900 sqm, and will also include a ballroom.

Leisure facilities will include a gym and male and female spas.

Located in the north business district of Riyadh, the hotel is at the intersection of Olaya Street and King Fahd Road and is close to the new King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), which is scheduled to open later this year.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al Sahafa is slated to open in Q1 2019, a statement said.

The new hotel will take the Carlson Rezidor group’s portfolio in Saudi Arabia to 36 hotels in operation and under development, including six hotels in Riyadh.

The group’s next hotel to open in Riyadh, later this year, is the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence, Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter.

Elie Younes, executive vice president and chief development officer of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “We are confident that the business fundamentals, and the major infrastructure projects being developed in line with the kingdom’s future vision, will help accelerate further economic growth for the country and create more opportunities.”

At the start of this year, Carlson Rezidor said it will open 17 hotels across the Middle East in 2017 with a particular focus on the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The new properties will add 3,000 rooms to the operator’s 8,500 in the region.

Read more: Carlson Rezidor announces 17 Middle East hotel openings in 2017

Overall, the company said on Tuesday that it remains “firmly on track” to achieve its target to operate over 100 hotels across the Middle East by 2020.