Marriott International has inked a landmark agreement with KSA-based Nahdet Al-Mashaer to open a 2,600-room Fairfield by Marriott property in Makkah.
The agreement is expected to deliver the premier Fairfield by Marriott property to the Middle East and Africa region, create the largest Fairfield hotel in the world and bring one of the largest hotels to the growing religious destination of Makkah.
Construction for Fairfield by Marriott Makkah Al Naseem has already commenced, and the hotel is slated to open in 2023. The spectacular hotel is set to rise in five towers in the Al Naseem district, within close proximity to the Grand Mosque. Plans call for 2,600 well-appointed spacious, modern suites that would separate areas for working and sleeping. The property’s public spaces and lounge areas are expected to feature the Fairfield brand’s ‘Modern Calm’ aesthetic, which embraces open layouts, multi-functional space and natural light. Signature amenities will encompass complimentary hot breakfast and coffee, a fitness center and a lobby market open 24/7.
“We are thrilled to be working with Nahdet Al-Mashaer to create a distinctive Fairfield by Marriott that will serve Makkah, the sought-out destination for rising numbers of religious pilgrims,” chief development officer – Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, Jerome Briet commented. “We expect this hotel will become a popular destination, especially given the strong demand for high-quality lodging in the Holy City.”
When it opens, the property is expected to welcome guests visiting on pilgrimage or business with friendly service and comfortable spaces that offer the flexibility to work and rest while staying productive on the road. The brand’s Fairfield Guarantee delivers a simple promise to provide each guest with an inviting and effortless experience all at a great value. The Fairfield by Marriott brand currently has more than 1,000 open hotels in the US, as well as Latin America, Mexico and Asia.
Chairman, Nahdet Al-Mashaer, Emad Hejazi declared: “As a company, we remain focused on developing projects that further enhance Makkah as one of the most important destinations in Saudi Arabia while supporting the overall growth and development of the Kingdom. The reliability of the Fairfield by Marriott brand, Marriott’s world-class service standards and the central location of the property, will make it an ideal hotel destination for those visiting for Umrah and Haj when the property opens in 2023.”
Saudi Arabia is currently Marriott International’s second-largest market in the Middle East, with a portfolio that consists of 29 properties and over 8,000 rooms across nine brands and nine cities. The company expects to add 20 properties and more than 6,500 rooms across the Kingdom by 2024.