IHG signs InterContinental Al Khobar Dana Bay  

IHG signs InterContinental Al Khobar Dana Bay  

IHG® Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement with Dana Bay Tourism Company to open InterContinental Al Khobar Dana Bay and expand its luxury footprint in the kingdom.  

Scheduled to open in December 2024, InterContinental Al Khobar Dana Bay features 133 luxuriously designed rooms, 90 intercontinental residences, 36 villas, four dining options, an indoor and outdoor pool, a health club and a spa. The hotel will also offer a business center and four meeting rooms, catering to the needs of both business and leisure guests.

Haitham Mattar, managing director for India, the Middle East and Africa at IHG, said: “We are delighted to partner with Dana Bay Tourism Company to open InterContinental Al Khobar Dana Bay in Al Khobar City. The concept and quality of the master plan makes this an exciting new addition, not only to the Eastern Province but also to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For a city that is very rich in culture and heritage, we believe that InterContinental Al Khobar Dana Bay will offer guests a truly unique travel experience. In line with consumer trends, we expect emerging destinations like Al Khobar to become more popular with travelers who are seeking new and unique experiences. We are also honored to expand our hotels further in Saudi Arabia to align with the country’s Tourism Development Strategy  – Vision 2030. With 37 hotels operating across five of our core brands in Saudi Arabia, we look forward to welcoming guests to the newest addition to our portfolio as it comes to life in the coming years.”

Commenting on the partnership, Abdulmohsin Al Rashed, chairman of Dana Bay Development, added: “We are pleased to partner with IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, to bring the renowned InterContinental brand to Dana Bay. The resort is part of a three-phased plan, the first of which includes a waterpark that was completed in 2020. Dana Bay is the largest and most popular waterfront development in the Eastern Province. I am confident that our partnership will be a huge success as we cater to the needs of modern business and leisure travelers visiting the city of Al Khobar.”

This recent opening has strengthened IHG’s new generation luxury offering in Saudi Arabia, as it already has a strong presence in Al Khobar, with an InterContinental, a Crowne Plaza, voco, Staybridge Suites and three Holiday Inn hotels.


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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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