Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will add over 3,000 rooms to its existing operating portfolio of 8,500 rooms in the Middle East region.

The hotel openings are concentrated across the UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Rezidor Hotel Group area vice president Middle East & Turkey Mark Willis said: “2017 is the year of hotel openings and a very exciting period for the Group. We are especially pleased to see the geographical spread of our growth across the region in key markets such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and also increase our brand presence across our entire portfolio.

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"With our anticipated growth in 2017 the Group remains firmly on track to have 100 hotels and 20,000 rooms in operation by 2020."

The hotel openings in the UAE, will see Carlson Rezidor add almost 1,000 rooms to its operating portfolio, making it 13 hotels and 3,000 rooms in operation, by the end of 2017. This includes the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront.

2017 also sees the Group open its first hotel in Makkah, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Makkah Al Naseem.

The operator is on track to achieve its target of more than 23,000 rooms open or under development in Africa by the end of 2020.