The Largest Hotel Chains In The Middle East

Hotel Chains
The Top 5 Hotel Chains in the Middle East

Forbes Middle East reveals the largest hotel chains in the Middle East based on their presence in the region.

Marriott International tops the list with 36,200 rooms in 104 five-star hotels in 12 Arab countries. The hotel giant operates 14 sub-brands including Marriott, the Ritz Carlton, Le Méridien and Sheraton.

The French hospitality group AccorHotels takes the second place with 69 hotels in eight countries. The group has a portfolio of luxurious sub-brands such as Fairmont, Sofitel, Swissotel and Raffles.

Ranked third on the list IHG operates 54 hotels in nine Arab countries.

Top 10 hotel groups together operate 411 five-star hotels with 133,000 rooms, in 17 countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Sudan and Syria.

In October 2017, Forbes Middle East revealed the top 5-star hotel brands in the Arab world. Swiss hospitality giant Mövenpick topped the list with 47 five-star hotels across 10 Arab countries, followed by Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

To rank the hotel groups in the Arab world, the research team screened more than 800 five-star hotels representing 61 hotel chains that own, operate and franchise 190 brands. Information was collected from hotels’ websites and major travel websites.

We determined three benchmarks for the list—with higher weight for number of rooms—including number of countries the hotel has presence in the region, number of hotels in the region and total number of rooms in the region.

Neither the revenues generated by each brand nor the average room price were taken into consideration.


1Marriott International1210436,189The Ritz Carlton, W hotels world wide, The Luxury Collection, JW-Marriott, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Autograph collection, Marriott Executive Apartment, Renaissance, St. Regis, Four Points, Westin Hotels and resorts, Le Meridien, Sheraton, The BulgariMarriott International is a leading hotel company with more than 6,500 properties and over 1.25 million rooms in 127 countries. The group was founded by J. Willard and his wife Alice Marriott in 1927. The hotel giant operates and franchises more than 104 five-stars hotels with 36,189 rooms in 12 Arab countries, under 14 world-class brands including the Ritz Carlton, JW-Marriott, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Autograph collection, Marriott Executive Apartment, Renaissance, St. Regis, Four Points, Westin Hotels and resorts, The Luxury Collection, W hotels worldwide, and BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts. Marriott opened 12 hotels in the Middle East and Africa in 2017, and ended the year with 30 signed contracts for new hotels under long-term management and franchise agreements.
2AccorHotels Group86924,735Banyan Tree, Fairmont, Mercure, Novotel, Pullman, Raffles, Rixos, Sofitel, SwissotelAccorHotels Group is a worldwide leading group with over 20 brands from luxury to economy hotels, resorts and residences. It has 4,209 hotels in 101 countries including 69 five-star hotels in eight Arab countries. AccorHotels generated revenues worth of $1.8 billion in the first nine months of 2017. 8% of total number of rooms in their portfolio is in Africa and Middle East, through 195 hotels and 45,700 rooms as end of June 2017. The group has a collection of luxurious hotel brands such as Sofitel, Fairmont, Swissotel, Raffles and Pullman. Sofitel, Fairmont and Pullman were among the top 5-star hotel brands in the Arab World 2017 by Forbes Middle East.
3IHG95416,167INTERCONTINENTAL, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Staybridge SuitesThe Holding Group 'IHG' provides more than 785,700 guest rooms through 5,273 franchised; managed and owned hotels in nearly 100 countries, IHG has 54 five-star properties in nine countries around the Arab world with 16,167 rooms. The group has 291 hotels operating across Asia, Middle East & Africa, while 148 hotels are in the pipeline. IHG reported revenues worth of $857 million in the first half of 2017. InterContinental hotels and resorts is the main hospitality brand under the flagship of IHG, among 11 other brands including Crowne Plaza hotels and resorts, Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands were ranked among the top 5-star hotel brands in the Arab world by Forbes Middle East.
4Mövenpick104712,592MövenpickMövenpick Hotels and Resorts group is a Swiss hospitality chain founded in 1973, now it has 82 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers in 24 countries with over 16,000 staff members. In the region, Movenpick has 47 five-star hotels, providing more than 12,592 rooms in 10 countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. Kingdom Holding Group owns 33.3% of Movenpick's shares. The group plans to open eight new hotels in four Arab countries until 2019, including one hotel in Iraq, three hotels in Saudi Arabia, three hotels in the U.A.E. and a new five-star hotel in Tunisia.
5Hilton83913,225Waldof Astoria, Conrad, Double Tree, Curio, HiltonHilton is a hospitality company with more than 5,168 properties and 838,000 rooms in 103 countries. Hilton has a portfolio of five brands in the region, including their flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton, and DoubleTree by Hilton. It has 39 five stars hotels with 13,225 rooms in eight Arab Countries including U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. Hilton worldwide has over 21,000 rooms in its pipeline across the GCC countries, which contributes more than a third of Hilton's pipeline rooms across Europe, Middle East, and Africa, where the group is active in over 60 countries. Hilton hotels and resorts were opened in 1919 and it has more than 97,109 team members all over the world.
6Rotana11278,563Rayhaan, Rotana Hotels and Resorts, Arjaan, THE RESIDENCESRotana group is an Emirati-based company that was founded in 1992 by a partnership between Nasser Al Nowais and Selim El Zyr. It operates more than 27 five-star hotels with 8,563 rooms in 11 Arab countries including U.A.E, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Oman, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Iraq, and Sudan. Rotana group has a portfolio of four brands with five-star hotels across the region including their flagship Rotana Hotels and Resorts, Rayhaan Hotels and Resorts, Arjaan Hotel Apartments, the Residences by Rotana. The group seeks to manage a property in all the major cities in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe within the next five years, targeting 100 new hotels by 2020.
7Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group10195,131Quorvus Collection, RADISSON BLUCarlson Rezidor hotel group has over 75 years of hospitality experience. The group has more than 479 hotels in operation and under development, across 79 countries.The group has presence in 10 Arab countries through 19 five-star hotels with 5,131 thousand rooms, it operates through 7 sub-brands, including, Radisson Blu, Quorvus Collection and Radisson RED. The flagship brand Radisson Blu took the sixth place among the top 5-star hotel brands in the Arab world by Forbes Middle East with 18 five-star hotels. Carlson Rezidor's revenues reached $901.8 million in the first nine months of 2017; $28.2 million are generated from Middle East, Africa and others.
8Millennium Hotels and Resort8207,534Grand Millennium, Millennium, Copthorne, Leng'sMillennium Hotels & Resorts was founded in 1989 by Kwek Leng Beng—also heads Singapore's Hong Leong Group. The company currently owns and operates over 130 hotels worldwide, with almost 40,000 rooms across over 60 destinations. Millennium Hotels & Resorts currently operates 32 hotels across the Middle East and Africa. It has 14 hotels due to open within 2018 and 40 hotels in the pipeline. The brand has 20 properties in the Arab world with total of 7,500 rooms. Millennium has 4 sub-brands including M Collection, Millennium collection, Copthorne and Leng's Collection. The company generated $1.1 billion revenues in the first nine months of 2017.
9Four Seasons11173,798Four SeasonsFour Seasons is a Canadian hospitality chain that manages a portfolio of 105 hotels, resorts and residences in 43 countries all over the world, while there are more than 50 projects under development. It has 17 five-Star hotels in 11 Arab countries including the U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Syria.
10Hyatt7155,351Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Hyatt PlaceHyatt Hotels Corporation—headquartered in Chicago—is a global hospitality company with a portfolio of 13 premier brands and 739 properties in 57 countries worldwide. Hyatt Hotels has a portfolio of four brands across the region—including Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, and Hyatt Place—with 15 five-star hotels and 5,351 rooms in seven Arab countries such as Oman, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan. The group expects to double the number of hotels in Africa, with six new hotels expected to open by 2020 including ones in Algeria and Morocco.


Nermeen Abbas, Amany Zaher, Mohammed Helmy