Saudi Arabia's Umm Al Qura to build Hilton hotels for Makkah pilgrims

Saudi Arabia's Umm Al Qura to build Hilton hotels for Makkah pilgrims
Hilton will build two hotels designed for Makkah pilgrims.
Published: 10 April 2019 - 1:30 p.m.
By: Jack Ball

American hotel giant Hilton has expanded its reach in Saudi Arabia, adding nearly 2,000 rooms in the kingdom through its latest management agreement with Umm Al Qura for Development and Construction Company.

The Hilton Garden Inn with 1,560 rooms and the 392-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton – both located in the Hilton in King Abdul Aziz Road project in the Holy City of Makkah – join the group’s current pipeline of 34 hotels in the kingdom, which represents 9,500 rooms.

Hilton announced the deal with Umm Al-Qura on 10 April, stating both properties are designed to cater to the demands of pilgrims in Makkah.

Umm Al-Qura is responsible for developing the 120ha King Abdul Aziz Road project, which will feature 100,000 residential units; 28,000 hotel rooms; commercial and recreational areas; and a new mosque when complete.

“Hilton has been operating in Saudi Arabia for more than 25 years and our largest development pipeline in the Middle East is in the kingdom,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, Hilton’s senior vice president development for the EMEA region.

“We are pleased to continue our expansion in the country with the Umm Al Qura for Development and Construction Company and these two remarkable properties.”

The news comes just days after Hilton and Saudi’s Shomoul Holding Company signed a contract to develop and operate four hotels at the $3.5bn (SAR13bn) The Avenues – Riyadh.

Among the four Hilton hotels to be operated at project are a 350-key Waldorf Astoria; a 400-key Conrad; a 500-room Hilton Garden Inn; and a 150-room Canopy by Hilton hotel each.

The Avenues – Riyadh, one of Saudi Arabia's top construction projects this year, will include space for 1,300 stores, in addition to five multi-purpose towers consisting of hotels, exhibition, conference halls, residential apartments, offices, and medical facilities.

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