Novotel Yanbu officially opens in Saudi Arabia


Further boosting its presence in Saudi Arabia, AccorHotels has officially inaugurated a new seaside Novotel in Yanbu – the Red Sea port city in the western province of Madinah.

Representing the hospitality company’s second hotel in the city (following ibis Yanbu), Novotel Yanbu is owned by Al Hokair Group and operated under franchise agreement with AccorHotels.

Managing director and chief operating officer, AccorHotels Middle East, Olivier Granet enthused: “AccorHotels is celebrating the opening of our 20,000th room in the region, and we are pleased to have reached this significant milestone in Saudi Arabia, which holds more than 50 per cent of our current pipeline. Our expansion in Yanbu is a perfect illustration of our strategy to cover key destinations for domestic travel and tourism in the Kingdom. The city has steadily grown into a major industrial centre, serving as an important terminal for the Red Sea, one of the Kingdom’s largest ports and the main port for the Holy City of Madinah.”

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Granet continued: “AccorHotels noticed a gap in the local hotel infrastructure which had limited international-standard accommodation options. The new Novotel Yanbu brings the quality of our global know-how and expertise, allowing us to support the growth of the city while we simultaneously expand our network across the Kingdom.”

Novotel Yanbu is home to 120 rooms and suites, three meeting rooms, a ballroom, an indoor pool, a health club and a gift shop as well as various F&B options.

Vice president of operations, AccorHotels Saudi Arabia & Egypt, Salah Oumoudden noted: “We are excited to introduce our leading international brand Novotel to Yanbu to support its expanding business segment. The hotel will also cater to leisure visitors looking to explore Yanbu’s rich coral reefs which have become a popular destination for shore excursions.”

With a strong presence in Saudi Arabia, AccorHotels has a network of more than 15 hotels in operation featuring over 4,500 opened rooms and close to 35 properties under development bringing an additional 9,000 rooms.