Rapidly expanding the Group presence and Millennium Brands to the Holy City
Millennium Hotels and Resorts is continuing with its successful expansion strategy across Saudi Arabia by announcing the takeover of two landmark hotels in the Holy City of Makkah. Following the signing of a management agreement with Makkah Construction & Development Company, the Group will operate Makkah Millennium Hotel and Makkah Millennium Towers, under the global flagship of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Middle East and Africa with the agreement coming into effect by 1st September 2017. The move solidifies the Group’s position as one of the fastest growing operators in the Kingdom, ensuring it comfortably meets its target to open over 20 hotels in Saudi Arabia within the next four years.
As the nearest hotels to Al Masjid Al Haram, with direct access to The Holy Kaaba, the properties occupy a premium location in Makkah, providing an ideal base for pilgrim travellers. The 614 key Makkah Millennium Hotel is scheduled to go under extensive renovation with the plan to convert the hotel into a unique luxury property part of The Biltmore Collection set to provide the highest level of guest experience to pilgrim travellers. Meanwhile, the 802 key Makkah Millennium Towers adjacent to Makkah Millennium Hotel will deliver the high service standards expected from Millennium Collection. With iconic architecture and traditionally-inspired Arabian décor combined, both hotels create a contemporary celebration of Arabic hospitality, and will offer world-class amenities, including a range of restaurants, meeting spaces, prayer halls and fitness facilities, and will address the rapidly growing demand in the Holy City.
Mr. Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, President and CEO, Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA stated; “We are honoured to enter into an agreement with Makkah Construction & Development Company, one of the Kingdom’s most renowned real estate developers to operate these landmark hotels. Religious tourism is expected to rise even further in the Holy City, and with significant government investment into infrastructure there are plenty of opportunities to support this development by offering an array of excellent accommodation options for visitors. Our Group possesses the resources and knowledge to operate these prestigious properties, ensuring we consistently deliver the highest standards thanks to our global expertise combined with a deep understanding of the region. We look forward to beginning this long term and fruitful relationship with Makkah Construction & Development Company.”
H.E. Sheikh Abdul Rahman A. Fakieh, Chairman of Makkah Construction and Development Company noted; “We are delighted to enter into this partnership and look forward to working closely with global hospitality leader Millennium Hotels & Resorts. We are confident that they will deliver exceptional operational and service standards and their considerable expertise will enable these unique properties to achieve their full potential, ensuring a mutually beneficial collaboration for many years to come.”
Millennium Hotels & Resorts currently operates five properties in the Kingdom, with an additional 21 upcoming properties in the pipeline. The Group’s next openings for the country include Millennium Madina Airport, Millennium Makkah Al Naseem and Copthorne Makkah Al Naseem.