(MENAFN - Arab News) Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the debut of its Four Points by Sheraton brand in Saudi Arabia with the new Four Points by Sheraton Riyadh Khaldia.
This was disclosed during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) which is currently running at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.
More than 600 delegates from across the world are attending
The hotel will feature 376 guest rooms including 138 suites.
Starwood also confirmed that the Grand Hills Hotel & Spa in Broumana, an upscale mountain resort town near Beirut in Lebanon, will join its iconic Luxury Collection portfolio when it opens in 2015 following a complete renovation.
At the same event, Wyndham Hotels, the world's largest hotel company, announced that they have plans to develop its first property in the UAE.
The Wyndham Dubai Marina is expected to open within the next three years with 497 guest rooms, including 251 luxurious suites, and The First Royal Tulip in the MENA region.
Hilton Worldwide confirmed that it is expanding its presence across the Middle East with the addition of Bahrain to its portfolio of operating countries.
The news comes following the signing of a management agreement with Tashyeed Properties Company to open the new DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bahrain in late 2015.
The 350 room hotel is a five star property and will be located in Bahrain's capital Manama in the upscale residential area of Juffair.
These announcements supports comments made by John Worsley, chairman of Bench Events, who told AHIC delegates that there will be 150 hotels opening this year in the GCC and 450 in the pipeline. "So we are going to have a lot of construction in the sector in the next few years."