Ascott’s expansion spree in the MEAT region

Ascott’s expansion spree in the MEAT region

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.”

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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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