Citadines Abha by The Ascott Limited launches in KSA

Citadines Abha by The Ascott Limited launches in KSA

The Ascott Limited (Ascott), one of the leading international lodging owner-operators, has launched its eighth property in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Citadines Abha, in partnership with Almutlaq Real Estate Investment Co.Commenting on the partnership, Tariq Almutlaq, chairman of Almutlaq Real Estate Investment Co. (AREIC) stated: “AREIC is delighted to partner with Ascott on its journey in Saudi Arabia, offering the residents and visitors of Al Khobar an experience of world-class serviced living with exclusive amenities.”

Abha takes Ascott’s operational footprint to 1,062 keys in KSA, and 2,391 across the region as reported by Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s Managing Director for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey, and India, “Saudi Arabia continues to be a key source market for Ascott, considering the rising needs for global living standards by expats and international guests on business and leisure, as well as domestic travelers keen to explore the local gems and opportunities within the country. The government has, in recent years, invested significantly in the strategic expansion of the country’s tourism and hospitality sectors, to establish the kingdom as a top tourist destination in the world. Merging this ambitious vision to our brand, Ascott is renowned for its international hospitality standards. We believe that our latest address- Citadines Abha will bring a new dimension to leisure and business travel in the city, providing premium short and long-term stay options.”

Nestled 7,450 feet above sea level in the mountainous district of Abha, the property overlooks Asir Mountains and provides residents and visitors with the perfect escape from bustling city life.

 Citadines Abha’s chic studio apartments suit adventure seekers and solo explorers, while business travelers can enjoy the property’s one-bedroom apartments. In addition, family and friends can enjoy the the lavish two-bedroom apartments. 

The 140-unit aparthotel marks the sixth regional opening for the group this year, as it moves ahead with its ambitious expansion plan across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

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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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