By Beatrice Thomas
New 117-room hotel will cater for pilgrims who miss their flights at King Abdulaziz International Airport
Saudi is set to open an exclusive Haj terminal hotel for pilgrims who miss their flights at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), it was reported.
“A hotel has been established for pilgrims by the Civil Aviation Authority as per directives issued by Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah,” Abdul Hamid Aba Al Ari, director-general of KAIA, was quoted by Arab News as saying.
He said the hotel comprised 117 rooms and suites that could accommodate 450 guests. It also had six royal suites and six executive VIP suites, a restaurant with international cuisine and a wider lobby area that could accommodate another 500 people.
The hotel will also cater to cabin crew staff, it was reported.
“The hotel is being built and operated by the Saudi Binalden group through state-of-the-art technology and skilled professionals,” Al Ari was quoted as saying.
The Saudi Binladen Group recently reached an agreement with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to modernise the Haj terminal, which included a complete design of the layout.
The terminal has been reconstructed to meet the needs of traffic passing through during the Haj period, but also during the Umrah seasons, Arab News reported.