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Hilton confirms $66mn hotel in Bahrain

Construction of a $66mn Hilton hotel in Bahrain has been given the green light by the US-based hotel group and its local project partners.

At a meeting in Dubai attended by Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta and Mohammed Alshaya, Chairman of King Faisal Corniche Development (KFCD) and Mabanee Company S.A.K, the two parties confirmed an agreement to open Bahrain’s first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property.

The 210 room Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences will be located at The Avenues in Manama – a major retail and leisure destination that is scheduled to open later this year.

Construction of the property – which will consist of 150 apartments and 60 studio suites – is already underway and will be completed and ready to welcome its first guests in early 2020.

The announcement strengthens a growing partnership between Hilton and Mabanee which includes the opening of Waldorf Astoria and a Hilton Garden Inn as part of the expansion of The Avenues, Kuwait, also owned by Mabanee.

The property will also benefit from direct links to both King Faisal Highway and Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Causeway, enabling ease of access to international visitors arriving at Bahrain International Airport or on the Causeway system linking Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.

Carlos Khneisser, Vice President, Development, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Hilton said: “We are continuing to sustain rapid growth across the GCC under a range of brands and all these hotels represent quality locations and valuable additions to our portfolio.

“Working in strong partnership with owners such as KFCD and Mabanee, on a continued basis allows us to expand more quickly and more strategically.  We look forward to working together on identifying further opportunities, as well as progressing the projects we are already developing together.”

Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences joins a pipeline of 120 properties for Hilton in the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey.  The company boasts the largest active pipeline in the GCC of any hotel company, with over 16,000 rooms under construction.

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