Hilton Continues Its Dynamic Expansion in Saudi Arabia with the Addition of 2,000 Rooms
This signing includes the world’s largest Hilton Garden Inn and first Embassy Suites by Hilton to open in Makkah in 2024
DUBAI, UAE & MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the signing of a management agreement with Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company to open the world’s largest Hilton Garden Inn with 1,560 rooms and a 392-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton, both located in King Abdul Aziz Road project in Makkah.
These hotels join Hilton’s current pipeline of 34 properties in Saudi Arabia, representing some 9,500 rooms, which will see the company’s presence in the country quadruple within the next five years. This development is in line with the Saudi Arabian Government’s Vision 2030 and the goal of reaching 30 million visitors to the country.
“Saudi Arabia’s tourism revenues rose from SAR 57.3 billion (approx. USD$150 million) in 2004 to an expected SAR 210 billion (USD$560 million) in 2018, indicating that the country’s tourism sector is developing rapidly,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Hilton. “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. We are pleased to continue our expansion in the country with the Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company and these two remarkable properties.”
“The King Abdul Aziz Road development is set to reshape the landscape of Makkah and how people interact with the city. The development will include a main boulevard, pedestrian pathways and a metro network and will improve connectivity to the Grand Mosque for both the people within Makkah and those visiting the city through different transportation hubs,” said Eng. Mohammad Al Ganawi, Chief Executive Officer of Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company. “We are delighted to be partnering with Hilton to open these two landmark hotels which will form an important part of the King Abdul Aziz Road project.”
Hilton Garden Inn Makkah King Abdul Aziz Road
The three-tower Hilton Garden Inn Makkah King Abdul Aziz Road will have 1,560 guest rooms. The hotel will feature a restaurant, business centre, multifunction room and boardroom. The towers are designed specifically to cater for the demands of pilgrims in Makkah.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Makkah King Abdul Aziz Road
The upscale, all-suite hotel will feature 392 spacious two-room suites. Guests will be able to choose from two dining options and will also have access to complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centre. In addition, the hotel will offer three multifunction rooms and three meeting rooms. Similar to the Hilton Garden Inn, the Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel is planned to cater for the specific demands of Makkah pilgrims.
About Umm Al Qura
Umm Al Qura for Development and Construction Co. is a Saudi company with a promising investment and development vision. The company is currently developing King Abdulaziz Road Project in Makkah, the most significant and vital development megaproject that aims to provide an integrated shift in transportation facilities within Makkah. Accompanied with a state-of-the-art façade and modern designs, the project’s functionality will be largely attributed to enhancing visitors and pilgrims’ passage in and out of Makkah.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,100 properties with more than 977,000 rooms, in 118 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2019 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 106 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About Embassy Suites by Hilton
Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 18 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full-service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has 258 hotels with 42 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard WiFi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. For more information, visit www.embassysuites.com or newsroom.hilton.com/embassysuites, and connect with Embassy Suites by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and unexpected amenities for an experience that is ‘Simply on Another Level.’ The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members at more than 860 hotels in 49 countries and territories around the world ensure today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves locally sourced food and beverage at its full-service restaurants and bars, featuring cooked-to-order dishes, handcrafted cocktails, and on-trend small plates. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hgi, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.Download Article Photos