Home Industry Hospitality Premier Inn MENA plans foray into Saudi Arabia in 2023 Premier Inn plans to launch a new, higher-grade room category in the Middle East, as well as more enhancements at its existing properties this year by Gulf Business February 22, 2023 Premier Inn MENA plans to take Britain’s biggest hotel brand to Saudi Arabia this year as part of its Middle East expansion. The company said discussions with several investors and potential business partners are underway. The company, which has 11 hotels across the UAE and Qatar, is also planning further expansion in its existing markets and elsewhere in the region as part of its long-term Middle East growth strategy. The brand established itself in the Middle East with the opening of Premier Inn Dubai Investment Park in 2008, and now operates seven hotels in Dubai, two in Abu Dhabi and two in Qatar, with more in the pipeline. Premier Inn MENA’s focus for the year Simon Leigh, managing director, Premier Inn MENA, said: “Our focus for 2023 is to further evolve our brand and footprint in the region – on our existing ‘home grounds’ of the UAE and Qatar, elsewhere in the GCC and in other markets in the wider Middle East. “With its huge investment in tourism under Vision 2030, a bid to host EXPO 2030 and world-class developments in full swing across the country, Saudi Arabia offers excellent opportunities. We would be immensely proud to bring our much-loved brand to the kingdom and be part of its ever-growing tourism and hospitality sector. Fruitful discussions are continuing, and we are confident that Premier Inn will make its KSA debut this year.” Premier Inn also plans to launch a new, higher-grade room category in the Middle East, as well as more enhancements at its existing properties this year. Leigh said that 2022 was a record year for Premier Inn MENA in terms of trading and growth, fuelled by large-scale events such as Expo 2020 and the World Cup, the continued post-pandemic bounce-back, and the opening of its 11th property, Premier Inn Barsha Heights. “With the peak travel season in full swing and a surge of visitors from China since borders reopened, it’s been an equally superb start to 2023 – a year in which we plan to continue to trade brilliantly, invest in our business, harness new technology and attract – and retain – great talent,” he added. Tags Hospitality Hotels MENA region Premier Inn Mena Saudi Arabia 0 Comments Share Tweet Share Share You might also like Olayan Saudi Holding Company, Vamed to open hospital in Riyadh World’s tallest hotel to open in Dubai in 2024 World’s first PLAY-DOH attractions to be launched in Saudi Arabia Is the region’s smartphone market expected to grow in 2023?