Building on its global footprint, Ascott Limited (Ascott), one of the leading international lodging owner-operators, has launched six properties in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey (MEAT) region this year under its iconic Citadines and Somerset brands.
Recent openings include the stylish 16-story Somerset Downtown Al Khobar, marking the group’s seventh operational property in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Somerset City Centre Atyrau, Ascott’s first operational property in Kazakhstan that now welcomes travelers to explore a world of exclusivity in one of the country’s major economic hubs; and the 162-unit Somerset Westview Nairobi (Kenya), which marked the brand’s debut in Eastern Africa, providing potential partners and guests the opportunity to view and experience Ascott’s world-class services on the African continent. Ascott has also seen the anticipated re-opening of Somerset West Bay Doha in Qatar, which offers solo, business and leisure travelers with their own private spaces.
Oman welcomed its first Citadines property, with the launch of the vibrant Citadines Al Ghubrah Muscat in the country’s capital in March, while in July, Citadines Abha took Ascott’s operational footprint to 1,062 keys in Saudi Arabia and 2,391 across the region.
Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s managing director, Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India, said: “Ascott’s growth trajectory showcases our commitment to providing our guests with the highest quality in lodging options across the region, as they travel, live and discover with Ascott. As we continue to grow our brand presence both regionally and globally, we are excited to offer our guests a diverse and broader range of properties to cater to all their hospitality needs, whether business or leisure.”