MID­SCALE AND LONG-STAY UNITS EN­TER EAST­ERN KSA

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

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.

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