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 19 world-class brands comprising more than 7,000 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 123 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for six consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 146 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and modern 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. With 960 hotels in 56 countries and territories around the world, the brand ensures today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. Experience a positive stay at Hilton Garden Inn by booking at hgi.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Hilton Garden Inn at stories.hilton.com/hgi, and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About Embassy Suites by Hilton
Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 19 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full service, upscale brand offers both leisure and business travelers an approachable, best-in-class experience with two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast, inviting open atriums, 24-hour fitness centers and a complimentary evening reception. Embassy Suites by Hilton offers more than 260 open hotels with 42 properties in development. Experience a positive stay at Embassy Suites by Hilton by booking at embassysuites.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Embassy Suites by Hilton at stories.hilton.com/embassysuites, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.