Kempinski Hotels has said it is set to open nine new properties this year, including two in Saudi Arabia and one in Egypt, as part of the group's expansion strategy in the Middle East, Khaleej Times has reported. The new properties include the Kempinski Al Othman Hotel in Al Khobar and the Kempinski Hotel Burj Rafal in Riyadh, both of which are scheduled to open before the end of 2013, along with the Kempinski Hotel Royal Maxim Cairo in Egypt. The Kempinski Al Othman Hotel in Al Khobar will have 141 rooms, 57 suites and 20 serviced apartments. The Kempinski Hotel Burj Rafal will be located in Saudi Arabia's tallest tower and upon completion will boast 300 luxury guest rooms and suites. The Kempinski Hotel Royal Maxim Cairo in Egypt will feature 248 rooms and suites.