Carlson Rezidor, one of the largest and most dynamic hotel groups worldwide, further strengthens its portfolio in the Middle East by signing a new Radisson Blu hotel at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center (RICEC) in Saudi Arabia's capital city. The upper upscale property featuring 200 rooms is scheduled to open in Q2 2017.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry for yet another flagship property in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia is a key focus country for us. The Kingdom sees a rapid infrastructure development which accelerates the travel & tourism sector. In 2014, we signed more than 1,000 rooms in Saudi Arabia and will further expand our presence together with strong regional partners”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor.

Carlson Rezidor's total portfolio in Saudi Arabia now comprises 23 hotels and 4,200 rooms in operation and under development 8 of these properties are located in Riyadh.

''We are pleased to enter into an agreement with Rezidor, a leading global hospitality company. With its strategic location and iconic architecture, we are confident that the Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center will fast become the first choice of travellers looking for upper upscale, full-service accommodation in the city'', said Dr. Mohammed Alkathiri, Secretary General, Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center will feature 200 rooms, a 200 sqm all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant, a lobby, a lounge and a café. The hotel will also offer an indoor swimming pool and a fitness space. With 1,075 sqm meetings & events area and 5,600 sqm car parking, the property will become the ideal destination for business travelers.

Riyadh is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia and the main commercial hub in the country. The hotel will be part of the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center, a large scale mixed-use complex of 189,000 sqm owned by the Riyadh Chamber of commerce & industry. This state-of-the-art facility will serve as one of the most important demand generators for the hotel. RICEC is an architectural landmark of Riyadh, designed to resemble the shape of country and located on King Abdullah Road, Riyadh's most active business district. Conference center and hotel enjoy excellent visibility and accessibility and will play an important role in the future development of the region.