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Radisson SAS signs Madinah resort

Radisson SAS is set to manage a fourth property in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — the Al Madinah Paradise Radisson SAS Resort.

Radisson SAS is set to manage a fourth property in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — the Al Madinah Paradise Radisson SAS Resort.

The resort is due to open in mid 2007 and will feature 212 guest rooms as well as ten villas. Located 7km from the Haram, the resort will target the religious tourism market, offering traditional, Arabic-style accommodation in landscaped gardens.

“The city of Madinah plays a vital part in the Islamic faith, and as such we are keen to ensure that the hotel provides a relaxing and reviving experience to those who visit for either pilgrimage, business or leisure,” says Jean-Marc Busato, vice president Middle East, Rezidor SAS Hospitality.

The resort owner, Ibrahim Massoud, president of Al Razi Medical & Resorts Company, a healthcare solution provider for the Gulf region, met with Busato at the Radisson SAS Hotel, Jeddah to sign the management agreement in December.

“Radisson SAS already manages three other properties in the Kingdom, in Riyadh, Jeddah and Yanbu, therefore we have an excellent understanding of the unique nature of the country. We are also looking closely at other projects in the Kingdom and hoping to increase our exposure in this growing market,” explains Busato.

The city of Madinah plays host to approximately 2 million pilgrims each year, and this number is set to rise after the government recently agreed to accept incoming international flights to Al Madinah Airport and to open the city for Umrah, a pilgrimage outside the time of Hajj, for nine months of the year.

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