Starwood to double Middle East hotel portfolio by 2019

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to 'aggressively expand' its presence in the Middle East over the next five years, doubling its portfolio in the region.

Al Habtoor City to introduce St.Regis and W Hotels brands to Dubai along with a new Westin (Photo: Business Wire)
Al Habtoor City to introduce St.Regis and W Hotels brands to Dubai along with a new Westin (Photo: Business Wire)
The group has ambitions to open 50 new luxury, upper-upscale and mid-market branded properties by 2019 and has just signed five new projects under its Aloft and Element brands in Dubai, Doha and Muscat.

As part of the new signings the Aloft brand will make its debut in Qatar and Oman with the opening of the 240-bedroom Aloft Doha and the 204-bedroom Aloft Muscat.

A 150-bedroom Aloft property will be built at the new Dubai World Central complex, featuring more than 1,000sqft of meeting space, while both an Aloft and an Element hotel will open at Dubai Airport providing a combined 400 guest rooms, meeting space and a range of food and beverage outlets.

Starwood’s luxury W Hotels brand will also make its entry in key cities across the region over the next five years with openings in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Amman.

Michael Wale, president for Starwood, Europe, Africa and Middle East, said: "Our growth in the region is a result of consistently delivering value to our owners through our distinct lifestyle brands, backed by our loyal guests and the strength of our global platform.

"2015 has already started on a strong note with seven signed deals announced in the region in less than five months, reflecting the high demand for mid-market brands in the Middle East but also the trust ownership groups have in Starwood."

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