Rotana’s bold expansion plan in the KSA 

Rotana’s bold expansion plan in the KSA 

Rotana expansion plans in KSA - Yasmina Rayhaan by Rotana, Riyadh

Rotana has announced its expansion plans in Saudi Arabia.  

During the second edition of the Saudi Tourism Forum (STF), Eddy Tannous, Rotana’s COO, expressed excitement about the expansion plans, stating: “Our continuous engagement underscores our commitment to shaping the future of tourism in Saudi Arabia.”

Saudi Arabia presents one of the fastest-growing markets in the region. Moreover, Rotana aims to double its current room count in the kingdom. Furthermore, it is on track to achieve this ambitious goal in the upcoming years. Notably, its significant expansion plan includes the launch of eight new properties across the kingdom. Thus, bringing the total key count to 4,400 across 16 properties.

The upcoming additions comprise:
• Four Edge by Rotana properties in Riyadh
• One Rayhaan by Rotana property in Riyadh
• Dar Rayhaan by Rotana in Al Khobar
• Al Manakha Rotana in Madinah
• Edge by Rotana in Al Baha

STF, initiated after Saudi Arabia’s 2019 global opening, serves as a collaborative space for private and government sectors, as well as a pivotal platform for stakeholders to discuss and exhibit tourism progress, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s rich history and unique hospitality.

Rotana has been committed to forum participation since its inception, aligning with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 tourism initiatives and actively contributing to shaping the sector.

The hospitality group currently operates 74 hotels in the MEA, Eastern Europe and Turkey, collectively serving more than six million guests per year. Furthermore, its portfolio currently spans 19,237 keys and six superlative brands, including 10,159 keys across 36 hotels in the UAE, in addition to, 2,200 keys across eight hotels in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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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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