Ramada to Expand in Middle East with Four New Hotels

LONDON, U.K.—Wyndham Hotel Group today announced plans to open four new hotels across Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Bahrain under its Ramada Worldwide flag.

The hotels include the 161-room Ramada Resort Dead Sea in Jordan; the 165-room Ramada Jeddah Corniche in Saudi Arabia, the 162-room Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island and the 140-room Ramada Manama City Centre, both located in Bahrain. Ramada currently has more than 840 midscale and upscale properties across 60-plus countries worldwide, including 29 open and operating in the Middle East.

Wyndham Hotel Group, which presently has two properties in Manama namely Days Hotel Manama and Ramada Bahrain, is growing its footprint in Bahrain by adding four additional hotels including Ramada Manama City Centre, Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Al Juffair, and the Wyndham Grand Manama, bringing the total portfolio in market to six hotels representing a total of 1,197 rooms.

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“The Middle East continues to see strong growth and development thanks to its rising middle class,” commented Dan Ruff, Wyndham Hotel Group’s president and managing director, EMEA. “This is driving increased interest from developers for globally known brands like Ramada and others offered by Wyndham Hotel Group, which are well positioned to meet the emerging travel needs of consumers in the region. The Middle East is a key region of focus for Wyndham Hotel Group and to help meet growing demand, the company recently bolstered its management resources there by more than 30 percent.”

Now open, the Ramada Resort Dead Sea is located between the mountains of Mount Nebo and the Jordan River, along the northern edge of the Dead Sea. The only four-star, chain-affiliated hotel on the Dead Sea, the property offers guests easy access to white sand beaches, two swimming pools, and a spa, among other amenities. The 161-room property is a less than a one hour drive from Queen Alia International Airport and is owned by the Winter Valley Tourism Investment Company.

Located on Corniche Street in Jeddah’s downtown district, opposite both the Red Sea and King Fahd’s Fountain—the tallest water fountain in the world—the three-star Ramada Jeddah Corniche offers 165 rooms including 29 suites offering panoramic city and sea views. Among its many amenities, guests can enjoy two on-site restaurants—including one on the hotel’s seventh floor offering terrace views—a coffee lounge, and a fully equipped gym complete with sauna, Jacuzzi, and Moroccan bath. The hotel is owned by Al Ghunaim Hospitality Group.

Opening by March 31, the four-star, Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island is located within walking distance from Amwaj Marina and the Amwaj Lagoon and will offer 162 rooms and suites, many with sea views. Dining options at the hotel will include an all-day restaurant and lobby café, as well as the city’s first Moroccan fine dining outlet, which will be situated on a rooftop terrace offering views of the Arabian Sea. Flexible meeting space will accommodate up to 175 people theater-style, while leisure facilities will include a gym, a spa, a swimming pool, and an indoor Jacuzzi with a sauna and steam rooms. The hotel is owned by Mannai Holding S.P.C, one of Bahrain’s largest conglomerates and a prolific hotel developer. The group also owns the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham currently under construction in the city.

Located on the doorstep of the largest shopping mall in Bahrain, the four-star Ramada Manama City Centre is also scheduled to open by March 31. The shopping center is spread across 158,000 square meters of retail space, featuring more than 340 brands, including an indoor water park, multiple cinemas, and 60 dining outlets. The hotel itself is the first managed Ramada property in Bahrain and has a rooftop pool, a restaurant specializing in authentic Lebanese cuisine, and 140 rooms and suites—many of which are interconnecting—ideal for families. The hotel is owned by Bukhowa Investments Holding Company and is expected to generate an additional 150 jobs within the city.