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During its 2019 GCC Roadshow, Rotana confirmed its plan of four new hotels in Saudi Arabia, as the company steps up efforts to deepen its footprint in the Kingdom.

Centro Corniche, Al Khobar and Dana Rayhaan by Rotana, Dammam are scheduled for opening in the first and second quarters of 2019 respectively, while Salama Arjaan by Rotana, Jeddah and Centro Medina, Madinah will open their doors to guests in the second quarter of 2020.


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This product mix is set to cater to the needs of business and leisure travellers alike. The upcoming properties will add a total of 1,018 keys to the company’s portfolio.

Rotana acting CEO Guy Hutchinson said in a statement that ongoing reforms, "such as new tourist visas and the opening up of the entertainment sector have further elevated the country’s destination appeal".

He continued: "With the $500 billion Red Sea coastline project, NEOM mega-city project, Al Qiddiya Entertainment City, Farasan Islands initiative, and the 3,000-square-kilometre luxury destination project, Amaala, becoming a reality, the Kingdom will emerge as a leading hub of business and leisure travel. On the back of these prospects, the country’s hospitality market, which is poised for a 13.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2022 , offers new opportunities to hotel operators."

Saudi Arabia is home to six Rotana hotels under operation across three cities: Al Marwa Rayhaan by Rotana in Makkah; Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana, Centro Olaya and Centro Waha in capital Riyadh; and Centro Shaheen and Centro Salama in Jeddah, with a combined room inventory of 1,603 keys.