JEDDAH—Sofitel, the luxury brand of French Hotel Group Accor, and the King Abdullah International Foundation, signed a management contract, finalizing the development of a Sofitel hotel in Riyadh.
The 5-star hotel will be the anchor point of a major complex, developed over an area of approximately 100,000 square meters. This mixed-used development will also comprise the headquarters of the Foundation, a mosque, and a convention center.
The Sofitel, which is currently under design, is expected to open by the end of 2015. Its facilities will include 400 rooms & suites, six food and beverage outlets, various meeting facilities, a swimming pool, a spa, and additional recreational amenities.
This new project is major step for Sofitel, which confirms the enthusiasm for the Gulf region where four hotels in the region are already in operation, with a future launch scheduled in Dubai in July 2013.
“We believe there is a great potential for Sofitel in the Middle East and we are delighted to sign a new agreement for this exceptional project in the Kingdom, with the King Abdullah International Foundation. We believe that the Foundation‟s humanitarian values and objectives are very well aligned with Accor‟s strong commitment towards the environment, local employment opportunities, talent development and the blend between different cultures.” declared Denis Hennequin, Accor chairman and CEO, in an announcement.