InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of a management agreement with Al Majd Al Arabiah Company for the world's largest Holiday Inn hotel. Holiday Inn Makkah Abraaj Al Tayseer is due to open in The Holy City of Makkah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Comprising 5,154 rooms across five towers, Holiday Inn Makkah Abraaj Al Tayseer will take the site of the current Abraaj Al Tayseer pilgrim accommodation and open in phases. Nearly 1,650 rooms across two towers will open by the end of this year. The remaining 3,500 rooms will to open over the following three years.
The opening of Holiday Inn Makkah Abraaj Al Tayseer will cater to the growth in pilgrim visits to Makkah. Hajj visit numbers are expected to more than double, growing from two million in 2013 to exceed five million by 2025.
Located just 900 meters from the Grand Mosque, Holiday Inn Makkah Abraaj Al Tayseer will offer guests views of The Grand Mosque. Each tower will house one all day dining restaurant. The two towers opening this year will also feature meeting spaces, fitness centers, and a medical clinic.
IHG is one of the largest international hotel groups in Saudi Arabia with 25 hotels (5,900 rooms) operating across three brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn. The company has nine properties in the pipeline due to open in the next three to five years, including Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), the first Hotel Indigo property in the Middle East, and the world's second largest Holiday Inn, which is also due to open in Makkah in 2016.
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