Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is to open a total of 17 properties across the Middle East this year.

The new hotels will add over 3,000 rooms to the group’s portfolio across the region, and will be located in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Among the openings in the UAE include the 432-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront (exterior pictured above), the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Dubai Motor City,  and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ajman.

Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia the group will open its first Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Jeddah and in the Holy City of Makkah, and will also open a Radisson Blu Residence property in the eastern city of Dhahran.

Finally in Egypt, Carlson Rezidor is set to open the 298-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Nasr City in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Commenting on the developments Mark Willis, area vice president, Middle East and Turkey, Rezidor Hotel Group said:

“We are especially pleased to see the geographical spread of our growth across the region in key markets such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and also increase our brand presence across our entire portfolio; the iconic and stylish Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, our fresh and energetic mid-market hotel brand and our exciting new lifestyle select Radisson Red brand”.

“As a globally respected hotel group and employer of passionate hoteliers we are further delighted to create significant employment opportunities across the region. With our anticipated growth in 2017 the Group remains firmly on track to have 100 hotels and 20,000 rooms in operation by 2020”.

The Radisson Blu Downtown, Dubai was recently rebranded under Millennium and Copthorne’s M Hotel brand.