MCLEAN, Va. & RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - The first Hilton Garden Inn property in the Middle East and Africa, the Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was unveiled yesterday by Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, at a media roundtable.

“This opening marks the entry of our first mid-market, mid-priced brand into the Middle East and Africa, and is expected to be the first of many Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Saudi Arabia that we are developing with the owners, the Al Hokair Group. There is tremendous demand from the business and corporate travel segment for focused service brands like Hilton Garden Inn in this region,” said Nassetta who is on a tour of the Middle East.

The Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya is the first of many openings within the Strategic Development Agreement signed between Hilton and the Al Hokair Group, and is set to provide Hilton Worldwide with a significant presence across the key development market of Saudi Arabia. Over the next five years, Hilton Worldwide and the Al Hokair Group plan to introduce Hilton Garden Inn hotels across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in locations such as Riyadh, Al Khobar, Dammam, Jubail, King Abdullah Economic City, Taif, Abha, Tabuk, Hail/ Buraydah and Yanbu. The second Hilton Garden Inn is set to open in Riyadh (Al Muroj) in Q4 2010.

Sami Al-Hokair, Executive Vice President of Abdulmohsen Al Hokair and Sons Holding Co., owner of the Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya said, “As we face a surge in domestic and business travel across the Kingdom, Hilton’s established credentials and well positioned brands like Hilton Garden Inn will help us manage demand and meet travellers’ high expectations.”

Hilton Garden Inn has made its foray into the Middle East in tandem with the business sector’s growth in demand. The brand, which has more than 450 hotels spread across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Central America, predominantly targets the fast-growing business segment.

Located amidst the bustle of Olaya Street, in the heart of Riyadh’s business district, the newly opened Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya features 180 guest rooms and suites equipped with a range of unique lifestyle amenities including:

  • Self-adjusting, pressure-relieving Garden Sleep System™ bed
  • Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access
  • Secure and remote printing to the business centre
  • Work space with an oversized desk and ergonomic Mirra® Chair designed by Herman Miller

The hotel also provides a complimentary business centre, three meeting rooms, state-of-the-art Hilton by Precor® workout facilities and available Stay Fit Kit™ for in-room workouts. Dining options include the Oasis Grill that serves breakfast lunch and dinner, in addition to room service and the Pavilion Pantry™, a 24-hour convenience mart that provides on-the-go snacks and sundries.

“We aim to complement the Kingdom’s ever-expanding business industry with quality and efficiency in services and costs. Hilton Garden Inn’s experience in other markets gives us an upper hand in anticipating, understanding and catering to guests requirements while remaining flexible to the region’s needs,” said Jean-Paul Herzog, President, Hilton Worldwide, Middle East & Africa.

Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya is also a participating hotel in Hilton HHonors, Hilton Worldwide’s customer loyalty programme that allows members to earn both points and airline miles for the same stay at more than 3,300 hotels worldwide.

To make a room reservation, please contact Hilton Reservations and Customer Care at 800 8200 010 or the hotel direct at +966 (0)1 293 5533, or visit

Hilton Worldwide currently operates 42 hotels in the Middle East & Africa – 16 hotels in Egypt, nine hotels in the UAE, six in Saudi Arabia and one each in Oman and Kuwait, plus another nine hotels in Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Hilton Worldwide has a signed development pipeline of an additional 20 properties across Middle East & Africa in the U.A.E, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Cape Verde, and Tanzania.

For more information about the company and our pipeline, please visit and

Samantha Wood 
Director, Corporate Communications 
Hilton Worldwide, Middle East & Africa 
Tel: +971 4 365 4886 

Keren Gatty Saunt 
Associate Account Director d’pr 
Tel: +971 4 323 3668 

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities for a successful and comfortable stay. The satisfaction promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves daily cooked-to-order breakfast and offers full service restaurants and bars. Team Members at more than 770 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying 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 or or connect on social media at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 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 Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 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 for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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