IHG’s Hotel Indigo set to open in Saudi Arabia in 2025

IHG’s Hotel Indigo set to open in Saudi Arabia in 2025

 IHG® Hotels & Resorts, announced the signing of a management agreement with Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City for a new Hotel Indigo located in Riyadh along Wadi Hanifa. Set to open in 2025, the new hotel is part of IHG’s robust growth plans across various new developments.

The signing of the new Hotel Indigo in Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City is significant, as it is the first nonprofit city of its kind — an incubator for youth and for local and international institutions that will support innovation, entrepreneurship and future leaders.

The new Hotel Indigo will boast 234 guestrooms and suites, as well as 138 serviced apartments. The lifestyle hotel will feature three dining options for guests, including a neighborhood café, a specialty dining venue and an exquisite lobby lounge.

Hotel Indigo Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City Riyadh will also offer state-of-the-art facilities, including four multi-purpose meeting spaces, a contemporary health club and a swimming pool, making it the ultimate destination for a range of guests.

The hotel will be located next to the City’s Al Mishraq Zone and serve as a living laboratory where innovation and social life will thrive, and creativity will meet science and technology. Guests will be able to take advantage of the City’s cultural experiences by using a pedestrian-only main street as part of the City’s “15-minute” planning concept, with connections to cultural offerings as well as elevated fine dining restaurants overlooking the Wadi Hanifah and Riyadh’s city skyline views.

The City will deliver a platform to experiment with new products and technologies, and will offer interactive retail environments providing customers with immersive experiences. The infrastructure will include a comprehensive mobility solution, supported by a sustainable cooling and shading system. The solution will become a prime example of modern and integrated urban transportation while delivering a comfortable environment that encourages outdoor activities.

Commenting on the recent announcement, Haitham Mattar, managing director, India, Middle East & Africa of IHG, said: “We are delighted to partner with Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City, a flourishing community of creative thinkers and innovative pioneers that will build the future of Saudi Arabia. The city is devoted to encouraging youth leadership for a better future in the kingdom, and our partnership is a wonderful opportunity to continue our support for Saudi youth and Vision 2030. The new Hotel Indigo in Riyadh will cater to guests visiting Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City and looking to experience its business innovation, recreational entertainment options, cultural learning opportunities, outdoor destinations and various other unique activities.”

David Henry, CEO of Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City, commented: “I am very pleased that IHG has selected our City for another world-class hotel offering that will be designed to provide a range of services that align with our youth-oriented focus. We are also delighted that the Ministry of Culture will oversee the inclusion of Saudi artwork in the hotel, thereby aligning with the missions of the Foundation’s Misk Art Institute, and the Hotel Indigo brand.

IHG currently operates 37 hotels across five brands in Saudi Arabia, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and voco, with 31 hotels in the development pipeline set to open within the next three to five years.


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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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