Salalah Rotana Resort opens as Oman’s largest free-standing hotel

Updated 31 March 2014

Salalah Rotana Resort opens as Oman’s largest free-standing hotel

Rotana, a major hotel management company in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, has announced the opening of Salalah Rotana Resort, claimed to be the first five-star property on Salalah Beach and the largest in the city by room size and the largest free-standing hotel in Oman.
The hotel’s 400 rooms and suites are set in between an elaborate network of manmade waterways that connect all waterfront hotels and residential areas in Muriya’s Salalah Beach Resort to the Indian Ocean.
Samih Sawiris, chairman of Muriya and CEO of Orascom Development, said: “The partnership between Orascom and Omran has allowed Muriya to deliver a landmark resort in Salalah as an example of the commitment of all parties. The resort is peerless in the sultanate as the largest hotel in the country and will serve the growing demand for high quality accommodation in Salalah as tourism continues to grow in the city.”
Omer Kaddouri, president and CEO of Rotana, said: “The opening of Salalah Rotana Resort is an exciting one for us, as not only does it take us one step closer to reaching our ultimate vision but it has strengthened the company’s standing as the leading hotel management company in the region.”
Hamza Selim, CEO of Muriya, said: “The opening of Salalah Rotana Resort is a milestone for Muriya and the hotel will develop to become part of an integrated town, which will make a major contribution to the number of quality hospitality assets in the sultanate’s portfolio and put Salalah on the map as a global tourism destination.”
The resort has also been commended by Sheikh Khalid bin Mussalam Al-Rowas, director general of the Ministry of Tourism in Salalah. He commented that the hotel will have a profound impact on tourism in the region in line with the government’s vision for tourism development.

New IHG office, leadership to drive growth in Saudi Arabia

Updated 26 January 2020

New IHG office, leadership to drive growth in Saudi Arabia

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a global hotel company, has announced plans to open an office in Riyadh in March. The news comes as IHG continues to expand its portfolio in the Kingdom in response to Vision 2030 and the opportunities it presents to the tourism and hospitality sector. The new office will also drive the performance of IHG’s existing estate further in the country and simultaneously support the expanding portfolio, as well as the company’s ambition toward leading Saudization efforts in the industry, a statement said. 

To lead IHG’s business in Saudi Arabia, Bastien Blanc has been appointed as managing director, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, effective March 1. In his current role with IHG, Blanc is responsible for leading the operations across IHG’s portfolio of hotels in the Middle East and Africa, including Saudi Arabia. He will also be responsible for driving both growth and performance for IHG in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. With extensive experience of working in the Kingdom, Blanc has been deeply ingrained into the market. He has also been leading IHG’s Saudization efforts, which he will continue to drive further in his new role. Blanc will continue to report to Pascal Gauvin, managing director, IMEA, IHG. 

IHG has also appointed Saad Al-Ahmari as director of HR and government affairs, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Al-Ahmari joins IHG from Boeing, Saudi Arabia where he served as the head of human resources. As a senior HR practitioner and Saudi national, he is well versed with the transformation taking place in the Kingdom and has expertise in HR strategy, Saudization, change management, employee engagement, government relations, employment law, and talent management. 


The Riyadh office will be further supported by new roles, across functions including commercial, financial and procurement, learning and development and IT. 

Managing director Gauvin said: “Saudi Arabia is a key market for IHG in the Middle East. With Saudi Vision 2030 and the rapid socioeconomic transformation in the country, we believe the tourism and hospitality industry will continue to be presented with unparalleled opportunities. We are therefore, pleased to solidify our presence in the country with the opening of a new office in the capital city, and appoint a talented team led by Bastien, to drive our growth and performance in the market. We also have strong commitment and an ambition toward leading Saudization in the industry and the new structure will help us engage with and facilitate the development of Saudi talent.”

He added: “This is an important next step in our growth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is a truly significant move to solidify IHG’s position as one of the leading hospitality companies in the country.”