Wyndham Hotel Group Announces First Wyndham Grand Property in Bahrain
- Oct 26, 2012
Manama, Bahrain—Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with more than 7,170 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, has announced plans for the first Wyndham Grand property in the Kingdom of Bahrain, one of the fastest growing economies in the Arab world.
Currently under construction, the five-star Wyndham Grand Manama will be part of the $2.5 billion Bahrain Bay project in Manama, the capital of Bahrain. The hotel will take up 14 floors of the city’s 50-story mixed used architectural landmark.
Upon completion by the end of 2013, the new Wyndham Grand property will feature more than 260 spacious guest rooms, ranging from 495 to 1,290 square feet. A ballroom of nearly 9,700 square feet, on the building’s top floor, will offer guests extraordinary views of the sea. Other amenities include 5,400 square feet of meeting space, indoor and outdoor infinity swimming pools, five food and beverage outlets and separate health clubs for men and women.
“This is an incredibly dynamic and exciting development,” said Bani Haddad, regional vice president Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group. “Each Wyndham Grand hotel takes in some of the flavor of its destination and this modern, cosmopolitan setting will be reflected in the hotel along with historical Bahraini influences. It is a fantastic setting and a great property for this distinguished collection.”
Located within short walking distance from the Bahrain Financial Harbor, the Wyndham Grand Manama will become an ideal destination for both business and leisure travelers. The new development will complement the J W Marriott and Four Seasons hotels in Bahrain Bay.
Wyndham Hotel Group recently signed an agreement with Cooperation Investment House SPC, who will manage its new property in Manama.
“We are delighted and honored to work with Wyndham Hotel Group on the first Wyndham Grand hotel in Bahrain,” said Ahmed AlQaed, managing director, Cooperation Investment House SPC. “By combining the Wyndham® brand’s authentic hospitality and high-quality service with modern corporate office spaces in one magnificent development at this prime location, we believe we are creating the best tourist and business destination this area will offer.”
The Wyndham Grand® Collection is an ensemble of hotels within the upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand. Similar hotels within the Middle East include the exclusive Wyndham Grand Regency Doha in Qatar. A second property is being developed in Riyadh, the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia.
Last year, Bahrain’s hotel market increased supply by 900 rooms, with the opening of various hotels, including Residence Inn by Marriott suites. The country’s tourism sector accounted for 6 percent GDP and 6 percent employment. This year brought an additional 1300 rooms. For the year 2013, the kingdom’s capital city Manama was designated the “Capital of Arab Tourism,” a title currently held by Muscat, Oman.