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Marriott signs new Doha property and unveils robust expansion plans at AHIC

Company targets 245 hotels with nearly 44,000 operating and signed rooms by 2020 with debut of new lifestyle luxury brands and entry into new geographies to bolster growth.

Marriott International, Inc. is preparing for significant growth within the Middle East and Africa (MEA) announcing the signing of a 300-suite Marriott Executive Apartments and unveiling plans to open 17 new properties across the region this year. At present, the hotel company operates nearly 150 properties in the MEA region across nine brands in 19 countries. The latest announcements come during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) taking place from April 26–28 in Dubai.

Along with the Doha Marriott Executive Apartments, due to open in 2019 and the first of its kind in Qatar, the company’s latest growth will also see its footprint increase in priority markets such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. A collective 10 new properties representing 4,600 rooms are set to open across these two countries between 2016 and 2017. In Saudi Arabia in particular, the company has revealed that 21 new hotels with approximately 4,200 rooms have been slated to open by 2025.