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.