The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) along with Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company are all set to launch the first ever branch of the Taj hotels in the Saudi holy city of Makkah .
The Taj hotel brand operator will develop a property in the city’s King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) project, one of the largest urban rejuvenation projects in Makkah.
Puneet Chhatwal, managing director and CEO of IHCL, said: “We are honored to partner with Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company in bringing the first Taj hotel to Saudi Arabia. This signing is aligned to our strategy of a strong focus on global growth markets and to be present where our guests travel to. We are committed to expanding our presence in the MENA region.”
Although this is the first hotel venture by the company in Saudi Arabia, it will be IHCL’s fourth venture in the MENA region. The company manages Taj Dubai located in the Burj Khalifa downtown area. It will also open another two hotels in Dubai in the next 12-18 months.
The hotel in Makkah will be strategically located within walking distance of the Grand Mosque (Masjid Al-Haram) as over 6 million pilgrims visit the city each year and most prefer hotels closer to the holy sanctuary. Furthermore the location will also be in close proximity to commercial offices, retail stores and restaurants within KAAR project.
Mohammad Al Ganawi, CEO of Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company said: “We are delighted to partner with The Indian Hotels Company Limited. We look forward to working with them to bring the iconic Taj brand to the unique development project in Makkah.”
The hotel is scheduled to open in January 2023 and will have approximately 340 keys, banqueting facilities and several restaurants.
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