Twenty new ME hotels planned by Starwood group

Nine hotels destined for UAE as company expands regional scope

Starwood's Gulf hotels include the Sheraton in Doha. Photo: Getty.
Starwood's Gulf hotels include the Sheraton in Doha. Photo: Getty.

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International hotel and resort giants Starwood is to open at least 20 new hotels in the Middle East by 2016 according to the company’s regional president.

The company currently owns or manages 50 hotels in the Middle East across its nine brands which include Westin, St Regis, Le Meridien and Sheraton chains.

Speaking to reporters in Sunday, company president of the Europe, Africa and Middle East region, Roeland Vos said, “Between now and 2016 there will be 20 to 30 new hotels, split between our brands.”

Nine of those will be in the UAE, with four in Abu Dhabi and the remaining five in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.

The company also signed a deal with Abu Dhabi developer Al Maabar to manage the company’s hotel in Amman, Jordan. The hotel will be branded as the St Regis Amman, joining Starwood’s luxury portfolio.

Starwood has 992 hotels representing 298,500hotel rooms under its auspices around the globe, with 533 of them in North America and 244 in the Europe, Africa and Middle East region.

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