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Hilton Worldwide Expands Dubai Portfolio with Agreement With wasl to Develop Hampton by Hilton in Al Mina and Hilton Garden Inn in Bur Dubai

Hilton Worldwide Set To More than Double Presence in Dubai With Eight Mid-Market Additions

June 08, 2015  |  This information originated in U.K. English.
 

DUBAI, UAE and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide - the world's fastest-growing hospitality company - and wasl hospitality and leisure, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management Group, today announced agreements to open a further two mid-market hotels in Dubai, Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Mina and Hilton Garden Inn Bur Dubai.

A delegation of Hilton Worldwide executives, led by Simon Vincent, EVP and President, EMEA for Hilton Worldwide recently visited the wasl asset management group offices to sign these two latest agreements with Mr Hesham Al Qassim, CEO, wasl Asset Management Group and Mustafa Al Hashimi, CEO Hospitality & Leisure, wasl Asset Management Group. This comes after the recent announcement of the arrival of Hampton by Hilton to the Middle East with the signing of the region's first hotel for the mid-market brand in Dubai's Al Qusais.

Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Middle East and Africa for Hilton Worldwide, said, "These latest signings will add to our rapidly increasing footprint in Dubai, which is expected to more than double in the next few years with primarily mid-market hotels. Travellers to the UAE are increasingly looking for a diverse range of accomodation options, be it luxury, upscale or mid-market - and with the opening of Hilton Garden Inn in Dubai this year, we are delighted to be offering yet more options."

Hilton Garden Inn Bur Dubai will feature 292 guest rooms and be located in a prime area of Dubai Creek, within walking distance of the popular tourist attraction, Souk Al Kabeer. Facing the bustling Creek waterway, one of Dubai's most vibrant areas, the hotel will feature two food and beverage outlets; a large multi-functional meeting room; 24-hour business center and Pavilion Pantry; as well as a swimming pool and health club.

Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Mina, the second Hampton by Hilton to be agreed for Dubai, will be conveniently located near Dubai International Airport (DXB), Dubai Creek and the emirate's Port Rashid. The property will feature 206 guest rooms, with breakfast area, a bar and gathering zone, a gym and swimming pool.

"With the arrival of Hilton Garden Inn this year in Al Mina and Al Muraqabat, we are delighted to be adding a further two properties to our growing portfolio with Hilton Worldwide," said Mr Hesham Al Qassim, CEO, wasl Asset Management Group, parent company of wasl hospitality and leisure. "We believe there is significant opportunity for the growth of the mid-market segment in Dubai and by working with Hilton, a leader in the industry, more and more travelers will be able to experience award winning Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton hospitality."

Hilton Garden Inn Bur Dubai and Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Mina are both expected to open in early 2019, adding almost 500 additional rooms to Dubai's mid-market inventory.

Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide, said, "Having recently announced the world's largest Hampton in Dubai, we are thrilled to be confirming two additional focused-service projects for the UAE, which adds to our fast-growing portfolio of Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton hotels in the Middle East & Africa. Our award-winning brands deliver exceptional hospitality to travellers in the mid-market segment, with more and more guests counting on the value and service on offer."

In the Middle East, Hilton Garden Inn will make its Dubai debut in 2015 with the opening of hotels in Al Mina and Al Muraqabat, joining Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya, which is already welcoming guests, and Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of the Emirates, which is expected to open in early 2016. Hampton by Hilton now features two properties under development in Dubai - joining more than 150 hotels trading or under development under a Hilton Worldwide brand in the Middle East & Africa.

Contacts:
Dan Corfield
Hilton Worldwide - MEA
+971(0)564161323
dan.corfield@hilton.com

Tariq Al Sharabi
For wasl hospitality
+971(0)43342966
Tariq@cbpr.me

Christine Miller
Hilton Worldwide - Global
+1 901 374 6462
christine.miller@hilton.com

About wasl Asset Management Group
wasl Asset Management Group, one of the largest real estate management companies in Dubai, was established by the Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC) in 2008 to oversee the management of its assets and grow its real estate portfolio. Through its three subsidiaries; wasl properties, wasl hospitality & leisure and dubai golf; wasl operates in various real estate, lifestyle, leisure, hospitality, and business sectors. wasl's main objective is to strengthen Dubai's position as the premier hub to live and work in and at the same time be the ultimate destination for tourists. For further information please visit: www.wasl.ae

About wasl hospitality & leisure
wasl hospitality & leisure manages a portfolio of several hotels and over 3,300 rooms. The Dubai-based portfolio includes five hotels under the Hyatt Hotels Corporation - the award-winning Grand Hyatt Dubai, Hyatt Regency Dubai, Park Hyatt Dubai, Hyatt Place and the recently launched Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights; and five under Starwood Hotels and Resorts including Le Méridien Dubai, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Le Méridien Fairway and Le Royal Club in addition to Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and the Westin Dubai Beach Resort & Marina.

wasl hospitality & leisure also owns the Novo Cineplex movie theatre complex located adjacent to the Grand Hyatt in Dubai and acts as the Owner's representative to oversee the management of Dusit Thani Dubai hotel.

About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. About Hampton by Hilton As the number one ranked franchise for the past eight years, according to Entrepreneur®, Hampton by Hilton, including Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers with more than 2,275 properties with nearly 230,000 rooms in 18 countries and territories. High quality accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, free, hot breakfast and On The Run breakfast bags, contribute to Hampton by Hilton ranking as a leader in its segment. Hampton by Hilton Team Members deliver friendly, authentic, caring and thoughtful service defined as Hamptonality. Each Hampton by Hilton hotel offers complete satisfaction with the 100% Hampton® Guarantee. Hampton by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hampton by Hilton, visit www.hampton.com or news.hampton.com and connect online at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. About Hilton Garden Inn The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities they prefer for a successful and comfortable stay. The satisfaction promise affirms that Hilton Garden Inn will do whatever it takes to ensure every guest is satisfied, or they don’t pay. You can count on us. Guaranteed™. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn caters to guests’ dining needs by serving cooked-to-order breakfast daily and offering full service restaurants and bars. Team Members operating at more than 740 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying hospitality experience from the first hello when they arrive. Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com or connect on social media at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.