Hilton lines up a cool summer

The Dubai Jumeirah Hilton

Hilton International, one of the world's leading hotel brands, has announced plans to open new hotels in Dubai, Jeddah, Ras Al Khaimah and Kuwait in 2001 as part of their ambitious regional expansion.

The new hotels will add to the Middle East profile of Hilton as the number one brand in the world.

"This is a very exciting time for Hilton International world-wide, and especially Hilton in the Gulf, as we launch these new luxury hotels to add to our 10 existing properties," said Guy Epsom, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Arabian Peninsula.

"With business and leisure traffic to the Gulf increasing at a rapid pace, we at Hilton International are aspiring to provide luxurious hotels offering the highest standards in service and quality that are synonymous with the Hilton brand."

The first hotel to open will be the magnificent 422-room Jeddah Hilton in summer 2001 to bring the number of Hilton properties in the Kingdom to three.

The new hotel offers some of the largest and most up-to-date banquet and conferencing facilities in the country with capacities for up to 2,500 people.

Guests can also enjoy a choice of six restaurants, business centre with 11 meeting rooms, shopping arcade, Hiltonia Beach Club and Internet access in every room.

The UAE will be the scene of the re-emergence of the Hilton brand with the launch of two new hotels to add to the recently opened Dubai property at Jumeirah Beach.

The first, which is due to open in autumn 2001, is an attractive waterfront property in Ras Al Khaimah. This undiscovered location is aimed at both the holiday and business segments.

The hotel will be equipped with a variety of sports and leisure facilities including the new Hiltonia Beach Club and excellent meeting facilities.

Hilton will also open the Hilton Dubai Creek in autumn 2001, which will be one of the group's most unique hotels worldwide.

This exclusive 150-room hotel has been designed in a minimalist and contemporary style by the award-winning architect, Carlos Ott, and aims to cater for the most discerning international business and leisure traveller.

It hotel will offer top class business facilities, hospitality suites and an executive floor. The hotel will also offer some of the latest dining concepts from Europe which will be unique to Dubai.

"The Hilton Dubai Creek is a milestone for the Gulf as it will be a signature property of the brand in this part of the world," Guy added. "How appropriate to locate such a splendid property in Dubai, one of the most revolutionary and fast-paced cities in the Middle East."

Winter 2001 sees the opening of the Hilton Kuwait and will mark the re-entry of Hilton into the country.

Hilton International currently operates six hotels in the UAE, two in Saudi Arabia and one each in Bahrain and Oman.