InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has a worldwide footprint of over 5500 hotels. These hotels fall under different categories of redemptions and these categories may change yearly. See IHG’s global presence here.

IHG’s Global Presence of over 5,500 Hotels (Image Source: IHG)

According to a leaked PDF, from 25th January 2019, 650+ IHG hotels will fall under a category change. Around 500 are increasing 1 category and the rest are decreasing a category of points redemption.

In UAE and the Middle East, 9 properties are changing categories. Here’s a list of all the changes in this region.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) – 5 Hotels going up

  • Holiday Inn Dubai, Downtown Dubai: 15,000 Points to 20,000 Points
  • Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown: 20,000 Points to 25,000 Points
  • Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi – Yas Island: 25,000 Points to 30,000 Points
  • Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi – Yas Island: 30,000 Points to 35,000 Points
  • Crowne Plaza Dubai – Festival City: 40,000 Points to 45,000 Points

Here’s the complete list of over 25 IHG Hotels redeemable on points in Dubai and UAE.

Oman – 2 Hotels (1 going up, 1 going down)

  • Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC: 30,000 Points to 25,000 Points
  • Crowne Plaza Muscat: 30,000 Points to 35,000 Points

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) – 2 Hotels (1 going up, 1 going down)

  • Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel & Convention: 30,000 to 25,000 Points
  • InterContinental Dar Al Tawhid Makkah: 45,000 to 50,000 Points

IHG also changes categories along the year, so make sure you check the redemption before making a booking.

Which is your favorite IHG hotel in the Middle East?