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JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA-Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. will open three hotels in Saudi Arabia, with a total of 761 rooms. Two Four Points by Sheraton and one Aloft will go up in the country. The company signed a management agreement with the local Alhokair Group.

The company already has 10 properties in the country, and has 50 hotels and resorts in the Middle East. Starwood officials said in a statement that the company will continue to expand in the region, and expects to double its portfolio in the broader Europe, Africa and the Middle East to about 500 properties in the next five years. “The signings of these three new properties in the Middle East underscores Starwood’s commitment to expanding its footprint in this fast-growing market,” said Roeland Vos, president of the company’s Europe, Africa and Middle East division, in a statement. A Starwood spokeswoman did not return requests for comment.

Fawaz Alhokair, chairman of the self-named company, said in the statement that existing facilities do not meet the demand in his country. “Continued economic and business growth will drive even more travel into this region, and this will maintain demand and profitability for the hotel business,” he said in the statement.

The planned properties include the Four Points by Sheraton Mall of Arabia, which will open in early 2010 here, near the Mall of Arabia. The hotel will have 300 rooms, two restaurants, swimming pool and 3,000-square-feet of meeting space.

The other Four Points by Sheraton Dhahran will go up in that city and open in 2011, at the intersection of Prince Faisal Bin Fahd and King Saud roads, near the Mall of Dhahran. This hotel will have 236 rooms, a pool, fitness center and more than 3,700 square feet of meeting space.

Finally, the Aloft Riyadh will open in 2009 in that city, at the intersection of Olaya Street and Mecca Road. The property will have 225 rooms, a fitness center, a splash pool, a game area and high-tech-equipped rooms.

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