InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Makkah Real Estate Company signed an agreement to build the world’s largest Holiday Inn, the 1,238-room Holiday Inn Makkah, due to open in Saudi Arabia in 2016.
This agreement responds to the boom in religious tourism to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Over three million pilgrims participated in Hajj in 2012, up 8 percent on the previous year, and more than half of all inbound tourists to Saudi Arabia travel to the religious cities of Makkah and Medinah throughout the year. The total number of tourists traveling to Saudi Arabia is expected to continue its growth trajectory to reach 15.8 million by 2014, up from 13 million in 2010.
This will be the first Holiday Inn on the Pilgrimage route and will be located in Al Aziziyah area near the city’s business center. Its 1,238 rooms will be built in two towers and house three food and beverage outlets including an all-day dining restaurant and two coffee shops. Facilities include a ballroom, health club and pool.
Located on the intersection of Masjid Ash Shaikh Baz and Al Masjid Al Haram Road, the new Holiday Inn will be 2.1 miles from the Haram, 2.1 miles from Mina, one kilometer from Jamarat, 3.9 miles from Mouzdalifah and 9 miles from Mount Arafat.