Forbes Middle East
Forbes Middle East
The Largest Hotel Chains In The Middle EastThe Largest Hotel Chains In The Middle East
The Largest 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.

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