Date: May 2018
Location: Al Ahsa in Saudi Arabia, located 60km inland from the coast of the Arabian Gulf and 100km south east from the city of Al Khobar.
The hotel will be just 14km southwest of Al Ahsa Airport, which welcomes weekly international flights, and five minutes away from Al Ahsa University.
Name: Radisson Blu Hotel, Al Ahsa – opening 2020
No.of Keys: 172
Located in the southeast of Saudi Arabia, Al Ahsa, according to the Guinness World Records, has the world’s largest self-contained oasis.
It encompasses approximately 30,000 acres of palm groves and other crops that are irrigated by the flow of 280 or more artesian springs. It is also the biggest date producer in the country.
Due to its cultural heritage, consisting of archeological sites and natural landmarks, Al Ahsa indicates great potential for leisure tourism.
As part of KSA Vision 2030, the country plans to sustain tourism growth by investing in numerous entertainment projects in the Al Ahsa region.
The hotel will offer a mixture of standard rooms, suites and serviced apartments. The food and drink options will include a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and a premium speciality restaurant. The Meetings & Events area will include one ballroom, two meeting rooms and two boardrooms. The hotel will also house a well-equipped gym, a prayer room and an outdoor pool.
THPT Comment: The Radisson Hotel Group has 40 hotels and more than 10,000 rooms in operation and under development across the Kingdom. This new hotel will be their twelfth in the Eastern Province.
Interesting that they are developing outside of the mainstream cities and adds to the school of thought that Saudi may well take over from the UAE as the place for expats to reside and visit in years to come.
First Seen: Radisson website