IHG signs a new generation InterContinental Hotel with Al Ajlan Company in Riyadh 

IHG signs a new generation InterContinental Hotel with Al Ajlan Company in Riyadh 

IHG® Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its luxury portfolio in the kingdom with the signing of a management agreement with Al Ajlan Company for InterContinental Hotel & Residences. 

Set to open by 2028, the prestigious 400-key hotel and serviced apartments will form part of a state-of-the-art masterplan, comprising high-end retail, offices and entertainment. 

The hotel will reflect the modern luxury philosophy and will strengthen IHG’s offering in the segment. Distinctive dining options, multipurpose meeting and events rooms, a health club, and a spa are just a few of the planned features. 

Located in proximity to the airport, it will cater to business and leisure demands.  

Commenting on the announcement, Haitham Mattar, managing director for India, the Middle East and Africa at IHG, said: “This management agreement of an exciting new-build InterContinental property in Riyadh’s vibrant north district represents IHG’s commitment to supporting the growing tourism and hospitality ambitions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of Vision 2030. With new developments in the leisure and entertainment sector across the country, the introduction of e-visas and a new airline, Riyadh is ready to welcome more diversified tourists to the capital city. With a strong hotel portfolio across all guest segments and a growing regional office in Riyadh, we are prepared to cater to the needs of our owners and guests.”

He added: “InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has a legacy and exceptional reputation in Saudi Arabia and around the world. With our new offering in the capital city in partnership with Al Ajlan Company, guests will be able to experience modern luxury through the brand’s hallmarks.” 

Mr. Ajlan Al Ajlan, CEO of Al Ajlan Company, added: “The tourism and hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia is growing at pace and represents a true drive from the leadership to diversify our economy in the coming years leading up to 2030. We’ve been proponents of diversification of investments for more than 50 years, and we’re pleased to be making this new foray into the hospitality industry in partnership with a trusted and experienced global brand like IHG”. 

IHG currently operates 37 hotels across five brands in Saudi Arabia, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, and voco, with 29 hotels in the development pipeline set to open within the next three to five years.   


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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