Further expanding its portfolio in Saudi Arabia, IHG Hotels and Resorts has signed a master development agreement with RIVA Development Company via its wholly-owned subsidiary RIVA Hospitality for Hotel Services Company to open Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdallah Road.

The 228 key-hotel is scheduled to open in March 2025 with two dining options, a pool, a fitness centre and 353 sqm of events spaces.

Commenting on the announcement, Haitham Mattar, managing director, India, middle east and Africa, IHG said:

“We are pleased to announce the signing of a new Hotel Indigo in Saudi Arabia in partnership with RIVA Development Company, aligned to our robust expansion plans in the Kingdom over the coming years.

“Hotel Indigo is a unique brand that allows every individual property to draw inspiration from the local surroundings and offer an immersive and authentic experience to guests. As a result of the Saudi Tourism Development Strategy, there will be a rising wave of travelers coming to Saudi Arabia and seeking differentiated travel and increasing demand for hotels that offer authentic and refreshingly local experiences.

“Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdallah Road will seamlessly address these needs. Guests will be able to enjoy local experiences, modern design, and intimate service with the peace of mind and consistency of staying with one of the world’s largest hotel groups.”

Engr. Mugbel S. Al Thukair, co-founder, RIVA Development Company, chairman, RIVA Hospitality for Hotel Services Company said:

“We are pleased to bring a global boutique hotel brand, Hotel Indigo, to a distinct location in Saudi Arabia. Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdallah Road will be an ideal choice for travelers seeking a uniquely local hotel experience in the city of Riyadh, where the culture of the surrounding neighbourhood will be reflected in the vibrant sights, sounds, and flavour of the hotel.

“It also gives us great confidence to partner with IHG, and to be able to leverage their wide experience, expertise in the industry and reputation as one of the leading and most trusted hotel companies in the world. We look forward to welcoming guests when we open our doors in March 2025 and providing them unique experiences that will make their stay with us a truly memorable one.”

IHG currently operates 38 hotels across five brands in Saudi Arabia, including Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza,  Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and voco with a further 20 hotels in the development pipeline due to open within the next three to five years.