The Hong Kong-based group is keen to partner with investors in the right locations in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Dubai International luxury hotel investment and management group Mandarin Oriental is planning to open a number of hotels in the Middle East, according to a senior group executive.

The Hong Kong-based group, which operates some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, resorts and residences, has already signed up two projects in the region — one each in Abu Dhabi (on Saadiyat Island) and Doha (in Musheireb area). Both properties — each housing 160 luxurious guestrooms and suites in addition to serviced apartments, are scheduled to open in 2014.

“Mandarin Oriental will see properties coming up in Abu Dhabi and Doha in approximately two years’ time — by 2014,” Andre Devillers, director of sales and marketing at Mandarin Oriental Paris, told Gulf News during his recent visit to Dubai.

He added that the group is looking at potential opportunities in markets such as Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. “We are looking for opportunities everywhere in the region. For us, the Middle East is a very important market and to enter this region is extremely important for the brand and the company as a whole,” Devillers said. “However, we have to do it correctly and it always takes time, especially if you want to find the right location and the right investors. So it’s important to take your time and location is key.”

This year, the company will open a hotel in Guangzhou followed by one opening in Milan in early 2013. “Besides, we have a project each in Shanghai, Taipei, Peking, Maldives,