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.

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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.

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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.

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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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