Other cities Hilton is considering for the mid-priced chaininclude Al Khobar, Dammam, Jubail, King Abdullah Economic City,Taif, Abha, Tabuk, Hail/Buraydah and Yanbu. The Garden Inn roomswill be at least 301 square feet, and each facility will contain arestaurant, lounge area and meeting rooms.


Hilton is working with the Saudi Arabia-based AbdulmohsenAl-Hokair Group for Tourism and Development on the newdevelopments. That organization has built hotels under the HolidayInn and Tulip Inn banners, as well as other brands.


These will be Hilton's first Garden Inns in the Middle East andAfrica region. The chain is currently in the US, Latin America,Canada and Europe and has about 421 units.


Hilton currently has four hotels in Saudi Arabia, three Hiltonsin the cities of Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, and a Waldorf=AstoriaCollection property in Jeddah. In all, Hilton operates 33facilities in the Middle East and has a pipeline of 16 underdevelopment in the Middle East and Africa.

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