Emaar Hospitality Group has signed a deal with Jabal Omar Development to operate a new Address Hotels + Resorts project in Mecca, close to the Grand Mosque. The Jabal Omar Address Makkah property will have 1,490 hotel rooms and suites – some of which will be available for freehold purchase. It is scheduled to open in 2019. Jabal Omar is a listed developer of a master-planned series of tower clusters within walking distance of the Grand Mosque that will contain more than 2 million square metres of four- and five-star hotels. The first phase is already complete, and contains Hilton and Marriott Hotels.
Thus far, the site has been developed over four phases, but in March this year Jabal Omar announced that it had been granted permission from the Makkah Region Development Authority to increase the size of its project site by 42 per cent to 167 hectares. It said the increase would allow it to build fifth, sixth and seventh phases. Emaar Hospitality said that the project would be the first Address Hotels + Resorts site in Saudi Arabia, although Emaar”s Saudi subsidiary, Emaar Middle East, had previously developed 316 serviced apartments in the nearby Makkah Clock Tower development, but these are operated by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. They were completed in 2013.
Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “We are honoured to mark the expansion of Address Hotels + Resorts, the premium luxury hotel brand under Emaar Hospitality Group, to Saudi Arabia with the signing of this important management contract with Jabal Omar Development Company.
“As an iconic development situated near the Grand Mosque, Jabal Omar Address Makkah will appeal to visitors from across the world.”
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