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IHG and Arif Group to open new hotel in Jeddah in Q1, 2022

IHG currently operates 95 hotels across 7 brands in the Middle East, with a further 42 in the development pipeline due to open within the next three to five years

A new voco hotel will take shape in Jeddah following a deal that was signed between IHG Hotels & Resorts and the Arif Group. IHG said voco Jeddah North will feature 145 rooms and will open for business in Q1, 2022.

According to a statement, the voco brand was launched globally in 2018 and has gained tremendous momentum in the Middle East with signings and openings across multiple markets including Saudi Arabia.

“We are excited to welcome Arif Group into the IHG family with the signing of voco Jeddah North. With redevelopment of waterfront projects, airport infrastructure and high-speed train connectivity, Jeddah is emerging as an important destination within Saudi Arabia – it is also a crucial link between Madinah and Makkah,” said Pascal Gauvin, MD for India and MEA region at IHG Hotels & Resorts.

The hotel will feature an outdoor pool, a gymnasium and a spa with four treatment rooms, in addition to a range of dining options, a coffee lounge and a rooftop lounge. It will also offer 1,710sqm of meeting and banqueting space, and will be positioned as a perfect destination for upscale corporate guests and will be well suited for their MICE requirements, the statement said.

The hotel will be located close to Jeddah Seasons square, Obhur Corniche and the Alexandria beach, and is said to be only 3km from Kingdom City, the new anticipated centre of Jeddah.

Gauvin added, “We are pleased to add another voco hotel to our growing upscale portfolio in the Kingdom and cater to a wide range of guests expected to visit the country in the coming years. With the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 progressing, KSA is a priority market for us in the region and we remain committed to our growth ambition in the country.”

Group head Arif Fahad A Altwairqi remarked, “IHG is a leading hospitality company with a global footprint and a strong foothold in the Kingdom and we couldn’t have chosen a better partner for our first hospitality project in the country. With development of tourism infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, upscale hospitality is a growing category in the Kingdom. Taking into account the uniqueness of IHG’s upscale brand, voco, combined with an excellent location and the demand for quality accommodation in the city, I am confident voco Jeddah North will be a great success on opening in 2022.”

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