The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has opened its first hotel in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.

The 493-room Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh is situated on a 213,500m² site with a 1km driveway.

The hotel offers 49 two-bedroom Royal Suites each measuring 430m², 50 two-bedroom Executive Suites of 104m², 5,800m² of conference space including two ballrooms, theatres, several smaller meeting rooms and two restaurants.

The hotel also features an indoor heated pool on the ground level, a health club and spa, tennis courts, a six-lane indoor bowling alley, a helipad and an intensive care unit with separate rooms for patients.

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh joins eight other Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts currently operating or under development in the Middle East.