Group opens first Saudi hotel
Ramada International has opened its first property in Saudi Arabia in Al Khobar, the brand's 140th worldwide.The waterfront, 96-room Ramada Hotel & Suites Al Khobar is located in the heart of the business and shopping district of Al Khobar. Guests have stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, Corniche Road and beach gardens. Considered the gateway to Bahrain, the location attracts tourists and locals alike for its close proximity to fashion boutiques, fine dining and cafes. The hotel is about 10km from the Dhahran International Airport and 6km from the King Fahd Causeway. General Manager Mazen Aizouki oversees the hotel, which was built in 1996 and renovated in July 1998. Opening rates begin at SR400 ($106). The hotel offers extensive business and leisure facilties including a business centre, swimming pool and fitness facility and a 100-seater conference hall. The hotel is owned by Khalid S Al-Nassar and Jama S Al-Nassar, under a franchise agreement with Dahma Trading & Contracting Company.