Saudi Arabia: Tech-enabled hotel group YOTEL will open its first hotel in the research and innovation district of Oxagon in NEOM by 2025.
The hotel will be located within a dedicated research and innovation campus in Oxagon, a city which is being developed along NEOM’s Red Sea Coast. Eventually, Oxagon will become home to a port with a fully automated supply chain and logistics network.
When the hotel is complete it will offer 300 rooms with motorised smartbeds and robotic concierge service. On-site amenities will include dining and coworking spaces, a 24-hour gym, a grab-and-go café, and meeting spaces.
YOTEL’s CEO Hubert Viriot, said: “We understand that the non-stop traveller craves destinations that won’t slow them down, and Oxagon promises to be a unique destination where new tech-enabled hospitality experiences can be live-tested. It is an honour to be one of the first hotels to open within a city redefining industry through sustainable innovation.”
The YOTEL signing marks the latest agreement with NEOM Hotel Development – the division responsible for building the hospitality landscape in NEOM.
Chris Newman, executive director of hotel development at NEOM, said: “YOTEL’s decision to open their property in NEOM’s Oxagon is a powerful endorsement of our ambition to redefine how people travel, stay and live. When complete, it will serve as the ideal home for modern travelers in search of thoughtfully curated and designed spaces, and we look forward to welcoming them,”
Oxagon will be one of several cities and destinations within the NEOM development that are set to be powered by renewable energy sources, in line with Saudi Arabia’s plan to sustainably diversify its economy.
NEOM Hotel Development has recently signed General Hotel Management (GHM) to open The Chedi Trojena, located in the mountain destination of Trojena which is slated to open in 2026.