23 April 2017

Saudi Arabia & Kuwait


Nobu Hotel to debut in the Middle East
April 2017 226

Dhaliliyah, a Saudi Arabian investment and development group has signed an agreement with restaurant chain Nobu to develop hotels and restaurants under the Nobu brand in both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Owned by Princess Nouf Bint Mohammed Bin Fahad Al-Saud, daughter of Prince Mohammed bin Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the governor of the Eastern Province, and located in the business centre of the Saudi Arabian capital, Nobu Hotel Riyadh will be a ten-minutes’-drive from King Abdullah Financial District.

“As the Nobu brand has already a very strong standing with great outposts of Nobu restaurants in Doha and Dubai, the hotels will add the first ultra-luxury boutique hotels into the market, especially here in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh has been chosen because of the HRH Princess Nouf’s passion for the brand,” tells Simon Ficker, Nobu Hotel Riyadh’s general manager. In 2013, Fricker accepted a general manager role at Le Méridien, Chicago – Oakbrook Center, which he successfully opened mid-2014. Beginning this year, Nobu Hospitality hired Fricker to lead the team at its first Middle East outpost, which is scheduled to open October this year. Once the hotel opens, it will cater to the ultra-luxury traveller looking for an exciting food and beverage experience, and unprecedented levels of service, in the setting of a smaller boutique-style luxury hotel.

“We are segmented in the ultra-luxury five-star levels. The hotel has 134 keys including 44 suites and the hotel is part of a 23-storey office tower, of which the 1st to 11th and 16th are hotel floors and the rest are offices.” 

Nobu Hotel Riyadh is a Leading Hotels of the World affiliated property.


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