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Naif AlRajhi Investment and Accor Debut Fairmont Luxury Serviced Residences in the Middle East


Naif Alrajhi Investment company and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announce a global first – the debut of a standalone luxury serviced residence with the signing of the Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences, Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh, 10th September, 2019 –  Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences, Riyadh is set to open in 2020. The project will feature 249 serviced residences featuring one, two and three-bedroom units and 4-bedroom penthouses, with ample space and maximize comfort.

Naif Saleh Alrajhi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Naif Alrajhi Investment commented: “Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences, Riyadh symbolizes the start of an important and fruitful relationship with Accor. We are delighted to partner with Accor, and their unparalleled presence in Saudi Arabia, to further expand and diversify our real estate portfolio through the launch of the region’s first standalone Fairmont serviced residences. We are confident that the property will become an unforgettable, landmark luxury destination in the Kingdom through its services, dining options and bespoke amenities.”

Mark Willis, Chief Executive Officer at Accor Middle East and Africa, said: “Today’s announcement is an important milestone for Fairmont, with the launch of the brand’s first standalone luxury extended stay property in the world. The announcement also marks the beginning of a new relationship with Naif Alrajhi Investment, with whom we share a unique vision to redefine luxury extended stay in the Kingdom.”dsc_8318-2-edit-copy

Ideally situated between King Fahd Road and Olaya Street, the property offers business and leisure guests the luxury facilities and services with close proximity to several up-and-coming high-profile developments both commercial and medical, and easy access to King Khalid International Airport and King Abdullah Financial District.

Guests and residents will have the opportunity to indulge in world-class food and beverage options at the all-day dining restaurant and lobby lounge. To further accentuate the luxury extended stay elements on offer, the development will feature an extensive food and beverage plaza with three specialty dining concepts that enters the Saudi markets for the first time. The luxury extended stay project will also include exclusive amenities for guests to create memorable moments, including a dedicated cinema room, lounge and kid’s play area.

For guests focused on wellness and rejuvenation, Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences will feature a health club including sauna and steam rooms for both men and women, in addition to tranquil pools located on the 35th floor offering breathtaking views of Riyadh in a dramatic setting.

Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences joins an iconic and celebrated portfolio of over 75 Fairmont properties globally including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Fairmont Jakarta, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai. Fairmont Riyadh Serviced Residences will complement the recently opened Fairmont Riyadh, expanding the luxury brand’s footprint within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Designed by Nikken Sekkei, a world-renowned Tokyo-based architect, Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences, Riyadh, incorporates a modern and eclectic design aesthetic. The facade of the tower is layered with paneling and a structured central pattern, allowing the property to stand out as an iconic landmark in the capital city skyline.

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Accor Opens: Novotel Bur Dubai in Healthcare City


Novotel Bur Dubai will be the first 4-star midscale hotel in Healthcare City and expands Accor’s portfolio to 58 hotels in the UAE.

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, is bolstering its portfolio in the United Arab Emirates to 58 hotels with the opening of the all-new Novotel Bur Dubai in Healthcare City.

Novotel, a brand renowned for its natural and intuitive design and relaxed and lively spaces, has opened its doors in the vibrant Healthcare City area of Dubai. With an ideal location just a short distance from Dubai Creek and within walking distance of Dubai Healthcare City Metro Station, Novotel Bur Dubai will also offer guests a shuttle service to the city’s world-renowned shopping malls, beaches and tourist destinations.

We are dedicated to providing guests with a modern, full-service hospitality that centres on individualised and personalised guest experiences. Together with our friendly and passionate team, we look forward to making sure that every guest enjoys our unique approach to hospitality” expressed Bruno Fisher, General Manager of Novotel Bur Dubai. novotel-bur-dubai-superior-suite-one-bedroom-2-copy

Novotel Bur Dubai features 219 rooms and suites, along with a wide range of wellness facilities and leisure activities, including a fully equipped fitness centre, an outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool and massage treatments. It will also be the only Novotel in the United Arab Emirates with an outdoor jacuzzi, which can be found on the private balcony of the Executive Suite.

The newly opened property is set to become a go-to destination for a variety of travellers, offering modern and stylish rooms, as well as carefully curated F&B options focusing on health and wellness – appealing to both residents and visitors alike.

With a 24-hour reception and intuitive technology that offers online check-in and express check-out, guests can save time and enjoy their stay more. Also available is a currency exchange, concierge, and laundry, along with state-of-the-art guest and business services, as well as accessibility for people with reduced mobility.

Novotel Bur Dubai offers specially designed rooms for guests with physical disabilities (People of Determination) as well as interconnecting family-friendly rooms. One of the highlights is the stylish Executive Suite, with balcony seating, an outdoor Jacuzzi and impressive views of Dubai’s world-famous skyline.

Food and beverage offerings at Novotel Bur Dubai tie in seamlessly with the Healthcare City community by focusing on health and wellness, with nutrition and vibrant ingredients playing a main role. Additionally, guests will be able to enjoy outdoor seating, with views of the Dubai skyline, at the rooftop pool bar.

Special opening rates, starting from AED 250 per room, per night – including complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi – are available for stays from August 1st to 31st, 2019. Bookings can be made by calling +971 4 871 6600 or emailing, using the code ‘DHCC’.


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Accor & GFH Announce iconic Raffles brand in Bahrain following landmark agreement for ultra-luxury retreat


Hospitality group partners with GFH in the kingdom to launch Raffles Bahrain – an exclusive Oasis in Manama.

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, is set to debut the iconic Raffles brand in Bahrain after signing a milestone agreement with GFH Financial Group (GFH) to manage the Kingdom’s first ultra-luxurious retreat.

The management agreement for Raffles Bahrain marks the start of a growing partnership between the two entities and consolidates Accor’s presence in the Kingdom where it currently operates six properties.

Raffles Hotels & Resorts is renowned for bringing old world elegance, first class travel experiences and genuine charm to the world’s most fascinating cities and desirable holiday hot spots since 1887. Raffles Bahrain will continue this legacy with a landmark takeover of the Al Areen Palace & Spa. This highly anticipated private resort features 78 pool villas as well as the region’s largest spa and hydrotherapy facility and landscaping inspired by the Arabian palace gardens. Major enhancements will transform the property into an exclusive and opulent oasis that immerses guests in Raffles’ bespoke well-being experiences.

“We are delighted to partner with GFH Financial Group, one of the leading investment houses in the Gulf region, to debut the Raffles brand in Bahrain, a destination which has emerged as a sophisticated option for discerning travellers from the Gulf and all over the world,” said Mark Willis, Chief Executive Officer, Accor Middle East & Africa.accor-gfh-image-1-copy

“This continued growth signals a remarkable new chapter in the success story of Raffles, a revered global luxury brand with an illustrious history and a reputation for extraordinary properties in the world’s best cities and most sought after resort locales; the Kingdom is a natural fit for the exclusive Arabia-meets-Asia palatial retreat experience that we have planned.” Hisham Al Rayes, CEO, GFH, said: “It is a privilege to forge a long-term partnership with Accor, a world-leading hospitality group with an unrivalled portfolio of brands. Launching the globally-revered luxury brand Raffles is a major achievement for Bahrain, elevating its status as a lifestyle destination and significantly enhancing GFH’s fast-growing collection of prestigious real estate projects.”

Major enhancements will transform the property into an exclusive oasis for the well-travelled, promising guests hand-crafted personalised experiences, with a focus on health and well-being, thoughtful and discreet service, unparalleled culinary expertise and an ambiance of timeless elegance for which the Raffles brand is globally renowned.

Following its takeover of Al Areen Palace & Spa, Accor will conduct an extensive refurbishment program with a view to repositioning the property as the ultimate luxury retreat, complemented by its proximity to major venues and attractions including Bahrain International F1 Circuit, the new Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Centre, Al Areen Wildlife Reserve, Bahrain Sailing Club and the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark.

Property enhancements attuned to Raffles brand standards will include the refurbishment of the 56 one-bedroom Desert Pool Villas and 22 two-bedroom Royal Pool Villas, which feature open-air swimming and jet pools, and converting its four F&B outlets to six.

With guest fitness and well-being central to the Raffles experience, the resort’s 10,000 sqm spa and hydrotherapy area, one of the Middle East’s largest and featuring 16 spa pavilions, the world’s first garden hammam and a hydrothermal garden, will be renovated and upgraded. Moreover, extensive health facilities including separate male and female gymnasiums, the kids’ club and indoor and outdoor swimming pools will see uplift and refurbishment.

Raffles Bahrain will also introduce signature wellness experiences to the Kingdom, including Raffles Sleep Rituals, designed to help guests unwind, get a peaceful night’s rest and wake up feeling refreshed and part of the brand’s well-being strategy. Once renovations are complete, the property will then be re-launched as Raffles Bahrain – a luxurious, all-pool-villa retreat in a serene location, complemented by the legendary Raffles service.

Bahrain-headquartered GFH is a renowned financial group in the GCC with a diversified offering. Accor is currently discussing further opportunities to manage the entity’s multiple upcoming hospitality projects in the region and internationally.

Raffles Bahrain joins a collection of 14 properties across 12 countries, with a carefully curated list of distinguished addresses in leading markets around the world. With a storied history spanning more than 130 years, Raffles is currently experiencing a renaissance, with a robust project pipeline that will see the portfolio add an additional eight hotels over the next few years.


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Accor bolsters its Jordan portfolio with the opening of Mövenpick Hotel Amman

Mövenpick Hotel Amman

Group takes over existing hotel in the Kingdom’s thriving capital, growing its footprint in the country to nine properties strong.

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, has strengthened its portfolio in Jordan to nine properties with the opening of the Mövenpick Hotel Amman today.

It follows the Group’s takeover and re-brand of an existing 218-key property in the Kingdom’s vibrant capital, which has undergone a refurbishment in line with Mövenpick brand standards and premium hospitality offering and is now welcoming guests.

Mövenpick Hotel Amman – the Swiss brand’s first property in the capital and its sixth in Jordan – is strategically located in the west of the city, close to the central business district, popular shopping malls and major cultural attractions including the Citadel, Temple of Hercules, Roman Amphitheatre and the Royal Automobile Museum. Queen Alia International Airport is located just 30 minutes away.

Following the property’s reflag to Mövenpick, a brand that resonates in Jordan due to its strong market presence, it is expected to become a destination for meetings and events, leisure and dining in the heart of the capital, popular with residents and visitors alike.

 VIP & Executive Floor Lounge

VIP & Executive Floor Lounge

“Raising the first Mövenpick flag in Amman marks a milestone for the brand in the country where its Middle East growth story began and today operates six high-profile properties across Aqaba, Petra and the Dead Sea,” said Michael Nugent, Vice President Operations Levant & Pakistan, Accor.

“The new hotel not only complements these popular resorts, but Accor’s three additional properties in the capital, across the Fairmont, Le Grand – soon to be reflagged to Sofitel, and Ibis brands, provides business and leisure travellers with even more choice of quality accommodation options in the capital, from midscale to luxury.”

Mövenpick Hotel Amman features 218 rooms and suites and an extensive range of facilities including four restaurants, seven meeting rooms and a grand ballroom accommodating up to 1,200 people, an outdoor swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room and an executive floor and lounge.

A highlight of the accommodation offering is the spectacular top-floor presidential suite with a balcony featuring a Jacuzzi and stunning city skyline views. Later this year, guests staying at the property can also earn benefits as part of Accor’s loyalty programme.

Reinforcing its commitment to the Jordan market, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts in Jordan underwent major upgrade of the 6,000 sqm flagship Zara Spa Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea along with the launch of the new Zara Spa at Mövenpick Resort Petra to follow this summer.

An enhanced restaurant offering at Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Aqaba, to include the award-winning Red Sea Grill, as well as the reopening of Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel in Petra following a comprehensive refurbishment of the fortress-style property overlooking the Rift Valley completes the brand’s significant portfolio improvements in the kingdom.

Accor’s three additional properties in its growing Jordan portfolio include Fairmont Amman, which opened in 2017 as the first Fairmont property in the country, Le Grand Amman – another re-branding of a landmark hotel that will soon become Sofitel Amman following comprehensive refurbishment – and Hotel Ibis Amman.