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Al Hokair Group and Hilton Worldwide Open
Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Opening of 180-room Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya is the first of many
HGI hotels planned with the Al Hokair Group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

MCLEAN, Virginia & RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – October 14, 2009: The first Hilton Garden Inn property in the Middle East and Africa, the Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was unveiled today by Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, at a media roundtable.
“This opening marks the entry of our first mid-market, mid-priced brand into the Middle East and Africa, and is expected to be the first of many Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Saudi Arabia that we are developing with the owners, the Al Hokair Group. There is tremendous demand from the business and corporate travel segment for focused service brands like Hilton Garden Inn in this region,” said Nassetta who is on a tour of the Middle East.

From left to right: Essam Abouda, Vice President, Arabian Peninsula & Indian Ocean; Hilton Worldwide;
Haakon Gaarder-Larsen, General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya;
Jean-Paul Herzog, President, Middle East & Africa, Hilton Worldwide;
Sami Al Hokair, Executive Vice President of Abdulmohsen Al Hokair and Sons Holding Company,
(Owning company of HGI Riyadh Olaya); Chris J. Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton Worldwide;
Nabil Hijazi, Managing Director, Al Hokair Group

The Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya is the first of many openings within the Strategic Development Agreement signed between Hilton and the Al Hokair Group, and is set to provide Hilton Worldwide with a significant presence across the key development market of Saudi Arabia. Over the next five years, Hilton Worldwide and the Al  Hokair Group plan to introduce Hilton Garden Inn hotels across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in locations such as Riyadh, Al Khobar, Dammam, Jubail, King Abdullah Economic City, Taif, Abha, Tabuk, Hail/ Buraydah and Yanbu. The second Hilton Garden Inn is set to open in Riyadh (Al Muroj) in Q4 2010.
Sami Al-Hokair, Executive Vice President of Abdulmohsen Al Hokair and Sons Holding Co., owner of the Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya said, “As we face a surge in domestic and business travel across the Kingdom, Hilton’s established credentials and well positioned brands like Hilton Garden Inn will help us manage demand and meet travellers’ high expectations.”
Hilton Garden Inn has made its foray into the Middle East in tandem with the business sector’s growth in demand. The brand, which has more than 450 hotels spread across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Central America, predominantly targets the fast-growing business segment.
Located amidst the bustle of Olaya Street, in the heart of Riyadh’s business district, the newly opened Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya features 180 guest rooms and suites equipped with a range of unique lifestyle amenities including:

  • Self-adjusting, pressure-relieving Garden Sleep System™ bed
  • Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access
  • Secure and remote printing to the business centre
  • Work space with an oversized desk and ergonomic Mirra® Chair designed by Herman Miller
The hotel also provides a complimentary business centre, three meeting rooms, state-of-the-art Hilton by Precor® workout facilities and available Stay Fit Kit™ for in-room workouts. Dining options include the Oasis Grill that serves breakfast lunch and dinner, in addition to room service and the Pavilion Pantry™, a 24-hour convenience mart that provides on-the-go snacks and sundries.
“We aim to complement the Kingdom’s ever-expanding business industry with quality and efficiency in services and costs. Hilton Garden Inn’s experience in other markets gives us an upper hand in anticipating, understanding and catering to guests requirements while remaining flexible to the region’s needs,” said Jean-Paul Herzog, President, Hilton Worldwide, Middle East & Africa.
Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya is also a participating hotel in Hilton HHonors, Hilton Worldwide’s customer loyalty programme, that allows members to earn both points and airline miles for the same stay at more than 3,300 hotels worldwide.
To make a room reservation, please contact Hilton Reservations and Customer Care at 800 8200 010 or the hotel direct at +966 (0)1 293 5533, or visit

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels.  For 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travellers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value.  The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands.  Our brands are comprised of more than 3,300 hotels in 77 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.  The company also manages the world-class guest reward programme Hilton HHonors.
The company currently operates 42 hotels in the Middle East & Africa – 16 hotels in Egypt, nine hotels in the UAE, six in Saudi Arabia and one each in Oman and Kuwait, plus another nine hotels in Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Hilton Worldwide has a signed development pipeline of an additional 20 properties across Middle East & Africa in the U.A.E, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Cape Verde, and Tanzania.
For more information about the company and our pipeline, please visit and

About Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand that continually strives to ensure today’s busy travellers have everything they need to be most productive on the road — from complimentary wired and Wi-Fi internet access in all guestrooms and PrintSpotsTM mobile printing to the hotel’s complimentary 24-hour business centre to one of the most comfortable beds with the Garden Sleep System™. So whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travellers to help them sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while on the road. To find out more about Hilton Garden Inn locations throughout the world, visit


Samantha Wood
Area Director of PR & Communications
Hilton Hotels, Middle East & Africa
T: +971 4 365 4886


Also See: The Al Hokair Group Signs Agreement with Hilton Hotels Corporation to Develop Two Hilton Garden Inn Branded Hotels in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia / March 2009

The Fawaz Alhokair Group Signs Starwood to Manage Three New Hotels in Saudi Arabia / November 2008

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