Le Meridien to open in Makkah this autumn

The 231 room Le Majd Meridien Makkah could be the first of several openings in Saudi Arabia.

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By  David Ingham Published  July 20, 2003

Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts is set to open a 231 room property in the heart of Makkah, Saudi Arabia this Autumn.

Le Majd Meridien Makkah will be the group’s third hotel in the Kingdom, alongside the 329 room Le Gulf Meridien Al Khobar and the 284 room Le Jeddah Meridien.

Sami Zoghbi, managing director of Le Meridien Middle East and West Asia, hopes that further openings will follow. “We expect to announce a number of new properties in Saudi Arabia within the next 12 months and are well on course to double the number of properties in the Kingdom by the end of next year,” he says.

The 20 storey Le Majd Meridien Makkah overlooks the plaza at Al Masjid Al Ahram and the Kaaba. The hotel, owned by Saudi Amjad Holding Ltd, is located only 100 metres away from the Holy Mosque.

“The hotel is perfectly situated to accommodate the large numbers of visitors to the Holy Mosque and surrounding area, and interest in the property is already very high, well in advance of its October opening,” says Sheikh Abdul Wahed Al Obaid, president of Saudi Amjad Holding.

“We are delighted that Le Meridien has the management contract, as the group has already shown that it has an excellent grasp of the Saudi marketplace thanks to their experience gained from their two existing properties.”

The Makkah property includes 86 king-size rooms, 70 twins, 47 singles, 24 suites and two Diplomatic and two Royal Suites. Facilities include a health club, meeting rooms, a business centre, two lounges and four restaurants. The hotel will be managed by Abdul Kader Hankir.

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