Rove Hotels has announced its expansion into Saudi Arabia with Rove King Abdullah Economic City, its first hotel outside of the UAE.

Located in the Bay La Sun waterfront district of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), the hotel will feature 240 rooms, fitness centres for ladies and gentlemen, and a wide range of lifestyle amenities.

Construction work is anticipated to start in the second quarter of 2018 with the soft opening scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Other amenities include a 24-hour gym, food & beverage outlets, lobby areas, outdoor pool and deck, kids pool, parking spaces, spacious meeting rooms, 24-hour self-service laundromat, convenience store, luggage store rooms and safety deposit boxes.

The hotel also provides a late 2pm check-out time as well as a range of smart services including Wi-Fi connectivity.

Olivier Harnisch, chief executive officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Rove King Abdullah Economic City brings the innovative concept of contemporary midscale hospitality experiences to the kingdom.

“Its location in KAEC, one of the fastest growing business and leisure hubs, will make it a preferred choice not only for the young and trendy but also to travellers from around the world seeking value hospitality in a premier setting.

“The expansion complements the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030 to drive economic diversification with tourism development as a strategic growth area.”

KAEC, developed by the Tadawul-listed Emaar, The Economic City (EEC), is set by the Red Sea and covers an area of 181 square kilometres of land. It will comprise the King Abdullah Port, the Coastal Communities residential districts, the Hejaz district and the Industrial Valley.

The city is one of five stops on the soon-to-open Haramain high Speed rail network, placing it on one-hour journey from each of the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah.

Rove Hotels has four operational hotels and four upcoming properties in Dubai, with the operational hotels including Rove Downtown, Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City and Rove Trade Centre.