January 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // DUBAI, U.A.E. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran at the commercial heartland of Al Khobar in Eastern Province, KSA. The 153-room conversion property becomes the first DoubleTree by Hilton branded hotel to open in Saudi Arabia.
"The introduction of DoubleTree by Hilton to Saudi Arabia demonstrates the brand's global recognition and positive growth," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. "One of Hilton Worldwide's full-service, upscale brands, DoubleTree by Hilton caters to both business and leisure travelers by focusing on a warm, welcoming guest service culture built around the idea of CARE - Create a Rewarding Experience - not only for our guests, but also for our employees and for the communities in which we serve. The guest's experience starts with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie upon arrival, adding a touch of warmth and indulgence after a day of travel."
Dhahran is one of the older Saudi port cities on the coast of the Arabian Gulf and is home to most of Saudi Arabia's vast oil reserves. Situated in the heart of the business and commercial district close to Al Khobar Corniche, shopping malls and a new hi-tech petrol museum, the hotel is ideally located for business as well as leisure travelers with a wide array of exciting leisure activities, including water sports available nearby at Half Moon Bay.
DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran features a range of amenities designed for both the business and leisure guest, including a large ballroom, four flexible meeting rooms, a complimentary 24-hour business center, a complimentary 24-hour fitness center and, scheduled later this year, a fully-renovated fitness center, indoor swimming pool and spa area that will include a steam room and sauna. The hotel has a well-appointed selection of rooms and suites to satisfy guests' needs, including 99 king, queen or twin rooms and a selection of 54 one and two-bedroom suites. Guests can choose to dine in one of the hotel's three restaurants: Al Waha, an all-day dining restaurant serving a selection of international cuisine, Rasoi, where they can sample an exciting array of Indian specialties in a fine dining atmosphere, and the Al Maha Café, where they can enjoy a coffee break accompanied by tempting pastry treats.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa said, "I'm delighted to witness the first opening of DoubleTree by Hilton in KSA and the economic viability of a city such as Dhahran. With 21 properties in our KSA pipeline, we now have the largest development program in the region. This opening brings more awareness of the brand to the Middle East region and showcases the diversity of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. We now have four diverse hotel brands open in Saudi Arabia ranging from top luxury to full service. Our presence in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province continues to leverage the international hospitality service standards in the area and the city of Dhahran."
Ahmet Antepli, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran said, "It's an honor and a privilege to raise the flag of the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Saudi Arabia in addition to being the first hotel opening in KSA in 2014 for Hilton Worldwide. We are confident that this opening answers a much needed demand in the market for a full service hotel category in the city of Dhahran. Our service and culture are the differentiating factors to leverage the guest experience standard in the hospitality industry in Dhahran. Our goal is geared towards maximizing repeat guests, given the traveller profile in the area and maintaining a high record of guest satisfaction. We look forward to welcoming our first guests to DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran."
With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 360 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 65,000 team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.
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Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with nearly 672,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.
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