Accor has signed a management contract with His Highness Prince Abdullah Bin Saud Bin Mohammed Al Saud to develop its second ibis hotel in the Kingdom, in Yanbu.

Accor’s development team chose the city of Yanbu in the Madinah Province as the next expansion target for the ibis brand. The city, with excellent infrastructures, such as a recently modernised domestic airport, is located at only 3 hours North from Jeddah by road and, due to its location on the Red Sea; it is a key gateway to African and European markets. Yanbu is a major industrial center, known for oil refinery and international export business. Yanbu also presents high potential for leisure tourism by a being coastal city with great spots for diving.

ibis Yanbu joins Accor’s rapidly expanding ibis network and is due for completion by 2012. It will be Accor’s second ibis hotel in KSA, after ibis Riyadh which is due to open in early 2012. Currently, there are nine operational ibis hotels in the Middle East representing 2,203 rooms (five in the UAE, two in Kuwait, one in Jordan and one in Oman).

The new hotel will offer 196 well-appointed rooms, an all-day-dining restaurant, a coffee lounge, 3 meeting rooms as well as an outdoor swimming pool, a diving center and several leisure shops. It will be strategically located on King Abdulaziz Road, well connected to the industrial city and to the airport, and is ideal for both the business clientele who regularly travels in and out of Yanbu and for leisure travelers who will enjoy the marvelous diving spot and pristine beaches of Yanbu.