Compass Group is investing $63.5m (£44m) in a joint venture with Abu Dhabi National Hotels in a bid to increase its presence in the Middle East.

The new company, to be called ADNH Compass Middle East, will offer catering to business and industry, schools and colleges, hospitals, oil and gas installations, defence, leisure and airports in 17 countries in the region.

Jerome Marrel, Compass's regional vice president for the Middle East and India, will lead the 50-50 venture.

The move takes Compass from sixth in the market to joint leader.