Jumeirah Group has announced it will open a new five-star hotel within walking distance of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
It will be the first hotel the Dubai-based hospitality brand has operated in the kingdom.
The Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel will be built by Jabal Omar Development Company and comprise four towers with 1,033 guest rooms, as well as 93 villas.
The hotel will boast views of the Grand Mosque, also known as Masjid al-Haram, the holiest site in Islam, a statement from Dubai Holding, the Dubai government’s investment conglomerate, which owns Jumeirah Group, said.
The hotel also will feature a variety of food and beverage offerings, meeting facilities, an executive lounge, a gym and more than 90 retail outlets. It is due to open in early 2019.
Dubai Holding CEO Edris Al Rafi said expanding Jumeirah Group into Saudi Arabia was a milestone and Makkah had one of the highest real estate values in the kingdom.
“As the company embarks on its next phase of growth, adding such a strategic and large hotel to the portfolio is a key milestone in our ambitious international expansion strategy,” he said.
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