IHG reveals plans for new Hotel Indigo in Saudi Arabia’s mountains


The new-build boutique hotel is set to open in December 2025 with the promise of providing guests with a unique experience in the heart of the Arabian Highland.

Continued expansion across the Kingdom

IHG has signed a franchise agreement for the new-build Hotel Indigo Abha in partnership with Firdous Abha Hotel Holding Company. This property will be under the management of Aleph Hospitality. This signing underscores IHG’s commitment to expanding its Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio across the Kingdom and cater for its growing tourism sector.

On the signing, Mr. Ayed Nasser Al-Qahtani, Owner and Representative of Firdous Abha Hotel Holding Company, commented: “It is an incredible honour to partner with one of the world’s leading hotel companies to bring Hotel Indigo in Abha.”

“This collaboration represents a significant milestone for Firdous Abha Holding Company, as we foresee it making a transformative impact on Abha’s hospitality sector. With IHG’s global expertise and our local knowledge and experience, we are confident that Hotel Indigo will redefine the hospitality offering in Abha. We eagerly anticipate welcoming visitors to this exceptional destination by 2025.”

Connecting guests with the surroundings

The 110-key property will reflect the Hotel Indigo brand’s approach to immersing guests in the neighbourhood the hotel places them within. At this new hotel, guests will be immersed in a part of the Arabian Highland that is recognised as a premier summer destination and a key city within the KSA 2030 Vision.

In its convenient location, on the main road linking Khamis Meshit City and Abha Airport, this hotel will cater to leisure and business travellers with amenities including a restaurant, coffee lounge, MICE facilities and a fitness room.

On these plans, Haitham Mattar, Managing Director – India, Middle East and Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “Abha is home to Saudi Arabia’s most scenic landscapes and highest peaks, where adventure and relaxation both co-exist. With its current portfolio of unbranded and local hotels, we recognised an opportunity to bring IHG’s distinctive hospitality experiences within this beautiful city.”

“In partnership with Firdous Abha Holding Company and Aleph Hospitality, we’re delighted to launch Hotel Indigo in Abha — delivering exceptional luxury stays for both domestic and international guests.”

“At IHG, our mission aligns with the Saudi 2030 strategy led by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aiming to actively contribute to the Kingdom’s holistic and sustainable development in the southern region. As part of IHG’s ambition to support Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism landscape, we want to play a key role in supporting the Kingdom’s efforts to attract more than 10 million visitors annually to the Aseer region by 2030.”

Tariq Dowidar, Vice President Saudi Arabia of Aleph Hospitality, added: “We are thrilled to have been entrusted with the management of Hotel Indigo Abha. Marking the first property in our portfolio in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Hotel Indigo Abha makes a stunning addition to the city, and signifies our continued dedication to the Kingdom. We look forward to the opening of the hotel in 2025.”


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