AccorHotels have announced the signing of three management agreements with Al Rajhi Investment Group for a trio-cluster of hotel properties in Al Naseem, a mega complex by Al Rajhi in the Holy City of Makkah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The trio-cluster of properties adds over 2,350 rooms to Al Naseem development near the Grand Mosque
The Al Naseem project is being built around Al Rajhi Mosque, the second largest in Makkah after the Grand Mosque, and will feature six hotels from four international hotel groups offering close to 5,000 rooms in total. The AccorHotels cluster comprising Novotel, Adagio and ibis Styles properties will constitute three of the six hotels at Al Naseem, and with 2,354 rooms, will account for nearly half of the keys that will be offered at the complex. The hotels are expected to be completed in 2019.
Speaking at the signing event in Riyadh, Jean-Jacques Dessors, chief operating officer of AccorHotels Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with Al Rajhi for this monumental development which will create a diverse hospitality offering for the 20 million visitors to Makkah every year. As the operator of the largest hospitality cluster on the Al Naseem complex, AccorHotels will be bringing three of our most popular brands catering to the midscale, economy and extended-stay segments, to ensure that all clients can afford to enjoy quality, international-standard hotel accommodation throughout their journey.”
The Al Naseem development site is on the third ring road of Makkah, offering strategic access to Masjid al-Haram, six kilometers away. Guests at the 480-key Novotel, 434-key Adagio and 1,440-key ibis Styles will also have direct access to Al Rajhi Mosque, which is located within the Al Naseem complex together with a shopping mall. The combined AccorHotels properties will offer a range of facilities and F&B outlets within their cluster, including restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms, business centers, and a children’s corner.