IHCL tied up with Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company in the King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR)
Tata Group-promoted Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), the country’s second largest hotel chain, has announced its foray into Makkah, Saudi Arabia with a Taj hotel proposed to be opened in 2023.
IHCL has tied up with Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company in the King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) project, one of the largest urban rejuvenation projects in the city of Makkah.
Puneet Chhatwal, managing director and chief executive officer, IHCL, said, “This signing is aligned to our strategy of a strong focus on global growth markets and to be present where our guests travel to. We are committed to expanding our presence in the MENA region.”
This hotel will be IHCL’s fourth venture in the MENA region. The company manages Taj Dubai, located in the Burj Khalifa downtown area. It will also open another two hotels in Dubai in the next 12 to 18 months.
The proposed hotel is within walking distance of the Grand Mosque (Masjid Al-Haram), the main attraction for over 6 million pilgrims who visit the city each year. It will also be in close proximity to commercial offices, retail stores and restaurants within KAAR project.The hotel, which is scheduled to open in January 2023, will have approximately 340 keys, banqueting facilities and several restaurants to serve all tastes.