InterContinental Hotels Group has signed an agreement with Al Majd Al Arabiah Company for the world’s largest Holiday Inn hotel.
According to Hotelier Middle East, the 5,154-room Holiday Inn Makkah Abraaj Al Tayseer will open in Makkah this year on the site of the current Abraaj Al Tayseer pilgrim accommodation. The property is slated to open in phases.
Nearly 1,650 rooms across two towers are scheduled to come online by the end of the year. The remaining 3,500 rooms will open over the following three years.
The hotel will be located 900 meters from the Grand Mosque and will offer guests views of the Al Masjid-Al-Haram.
In 2013, IHG had signed a contract for the 1,238-room Holiday Inn Makkah, which at the time was the largest Holiday Inn property signed.
Saudi Arabia will also be home to the world’s largest hotel. Once completed, the Abraj Kudai in Makkah will comprise 10,000 rooms across 12 towers.
IHG's Saudi Arabia portfolio currently includes 25 hotels operating across three brands - InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn.
The group has nine properties in the pipeline due to open in the next three to five years.