MIDSCALE AND LONG-STAY UNITS ENTER EASTERN KSA
WYNDHAM GARDEN DAMMAM, due to open before the year end, provides executives visiting Dammam with a fresh midscale hotel option.
The hotel, 40kms from King Fahd International Airport (airport shuttle available), contains Al Nakheel restaurant (pictured), Star Café Lobby Lounge, 24-hour room service, free wifi and 118sqm of event space. Ignace Bauwens, Regional VP, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, said it wants to be “a leader” in midscale and economy brands. “I think it will be a tough year ahead in terms of RevPAR but there are a lot of opportunities. With pressures on rates, the economic environment is changing and the next phase will be to have more efficient hotels.” Executives have more long-stay options in eastern Saudi Arabia too, following the opening of the 189-room Staybridge Suites Al Khobar, marking the brand’s second property in the Kingdom. The property contains studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments along with a pool and 24-hour fitness centre.
EMIRATES’ fleet of new hi-tech buses will rise to 40 by January and up to 128 buses will be in operation by 2020.