(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Due to open in 2017 the 170-room Hotel Indigo Dubai in Sustainable City will be part of Dubais first sustainable integrated development.
Dubai — InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced four new signings in the Middle East across different brands: InterContinental Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn and Hotel Indigo. The signings will see the hotel company grow its presence by about 600 rooms across the UAE Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the next three to five years.
In a tie-up with Diamond Developers IHG will open the second Hotel Indigo in the UAE. Due to open in 2017 the 170-room Hotel Indigo Dubai in Sustainable City will be part of Dubai’s first sustainable integrated development. The hotel will be a net zero energy building where 100 per cent of its energy needs will be met by solar power. All waste water produced by the hotel will be recycled and all material waste will be sorted at source and then recycled. A solar-powered shuttle bus will be available to guests.
This will be the third Hotel Indigo in the Middle East joining the recently signed Hotel Indigo Dubai Business Bay and Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdullah Financial District in Saudi Arabia which is set to launch the brand in the Middle East next year.
IHG strengthened its 30-year relationship with the Bukhamseen Group in Kuwait with a multi-deal signing. Under the management agreement between IHG and Al Baraka General Trading and Contracting Company owned by Kuwaiti conglomerate Bukhamseen Holding Group IHG will manage a new 120-room InterContinental hotel and 232-room Crowne Plaza hotel in Farwaniya Kuwait; an existing Crowne Plaza Kuwait will be converted into a 336-room Holiday Inn.
In addition a 20-year renewal was signed for the 189-room Holiday Inn Kuwait Salmiyah.
Saudi Arabia continues to be a key market for IHG. It signed a franchise agreement for the first Holiday Inn in Tabuk with Dur Hospitality Company. The 83-room Holiday Inn Tabuk is the first hotel to be developed under the development agreement between IHG and Dur Hospitality Company last year.
The company’s third Holiday Inn hotel in the development pipeline in Saudi Arabia Holiday Inn Tabuk will join the 10 Holiday Inn hotels currently open in the country when it opens later this year.
Pascal Gauvin chief operating officer India Middle East and Africa IHG said: “We are growing stronger than ever in the Middle East and we are focused on continuing to strengthen our brands’ presence here. We are delighted to have announced some great additions to the IHG family in the region. We look forward to working closely with Diamond Developers the Bukhamseen Group and Dur Hospitality Company.”
IHG has 75 properties open across five brands in the Middle East: InterContinental Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites with an additional 25 hotels due to open over the next three to five years.
In the UAE IHG has 18 hotels open across five brands: InterContinental Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites with another 10 hotels in the development pipeline.