Bolstering its footprint in Saudi Arabia, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced plans for two additional properties in Makkah, one of which will be the largest Radisson Blu hotel to date and the other, the largest Park Inn by Radisson-branded hotel ever.
This news follows the signing of a management agreement between the hospitality giant and the Saudi-based Al Majd Al Arabiah. The entire project will comprise of 2,850 keys.
Standing in the Aziziyah District in Makkah, Radisson Blu Hotel Al Hidaya will be located in the Al Hidaya Complex, which is already renowned among pilgrims.
Two towers will be initially converted to the Radisson Blu brand and will open in separate phases, with the first, boasting 588 rooms, scheduled to open in May 2018, and the second, home to 663 rooms, slated for a May 2019 opening.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Al Hidaya will additionally sit atop the Al Hidaya Gallery, a commercial retail avenue spanning 14,000m2.
The remainder of the Al Hidaya complex will be operated by Rezidor for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, and represents 3,250 rooms over eight individual towers.
Moving on, the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Al Hajla will house 1,600 rooms. The hotel will be located just over 700m from the Haram and is scheduled to inaugurate in Q2 of 2019.
Executive vice president and chief development officer, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Elie Younes enthused: “We are privileged to continue on our strong journey in Saudi Arabia with Al Majd Al Arabiah and we thank our partner for their trust with the addition of the world’s biggest Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in the holy city of Makkah. We are thrilled to cement our position as one of the leading operators in the holy city and look forward to a successful journey with our partners.”
Also commenting was CEO, Al Majd Al Arabiah, Selman Al Fares: “We are pleased to enter into an agreement with the Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s leading hotel operators. We anticipate the continued growth of religious tourism to the Kingdom and the Holy City of Makkah in its role as an Islamic cultural centre for local and international travellers. We believe this demand combined with the international expertise of our hospitality partner will ensure the success of our hotels in the Holy City. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”
The Rezidor Hotel Group has an impressive pipeline in Saudi Arabia, with 35 hotels and over 9,000 rooms in operation and in development.