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by Matt Alderton | June 17, 2014
In late 2019, Hilton Worldwide will open the largest beach resort in the Middle East -- Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas in Qatar -- it announced last week.

Located 15 minutes from the Saudi Arabia border and approximately 60 miles from Doha, the 257-acre waterfront resort will have 362 guest rooms and over 11,000 square feet of meeting space, not to mention a waterpark, a luxury marina and yacht club, a dive center, a movie theater, a 9,000-square-foot health club and spa, several outdoor pools, and 13 restaurants, bars and lounges.

"Combining the pleasures of an upscale retreat with the brand's hallmarks of excellence, today's signing of Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, Qatar is truly a landmark announcement for the Middle East and for Hilton Hotels & Resorts," Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. "The hotel is an excellent example of the brand's versatility and innovative hospitality qualities which continue to generate considerable interest from discerning investors looking for experienced, trustworthy operators with a solid reputation for delivering success."

Added Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa, "We are extremely proud to introduce this landmark property, the biggest resort hotel of its kind in the region and an outstanding addition to our expanding portfolio. Today's signing reflects Hilton Worldwide's famous pioneering spirit as we set a new benchmark in resort accommodation in Qatar and create a new destination for the Middle East."