Dubai, UAE – March 6th, 2014 – Hilton Worldwide is set to add the city of Al Ahsa to its Saudi Arabia portfolio, following a signing agreement with Al Jazeera Group, owned by H.E. Sheikh Dr. Jassim bin Nasser bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani. The 180-room Hilton Al Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is expected to open in 2016 and will be strategically located in the downtown area of Al Ahsa in an upcoming district surrounded by a growing number of residential, retail and commercial developments. The hotel will have direct access to the city’s main thoroughfares and also enjoy close proximity to Al Ahsa Regional Airport.
Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts said: “With a 17-year history in Saudi Arabia, Hilton Hotels & Resorts enjoys a long serving, proud reputation in the Kingdom. I am delighted we continue to consolidate our presence by expanding the company’s flagship brand into the new market of Al Ahsa, a city with growing appeal for business and leisure travellers to the region.”
As Al Ahsa continues to develop, Hilton Al Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be well equipped to cater to the growing numbers of travellers. The hotel will feature a wide variety of restaurants and lounges as well as a wealth of conference and event facilities including a large multi-function room, two boardrooms, four meeting rooms and a business centre. Leisure amenities will include an outdoor pool as well as a separate male and female health club and spa.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an integral part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio and today’s announcement strengthens our commitment to the country and to one of the company’s biggest development markets. We have the right partner, the right location and the right property to add value and presence to the Al Ahsa landscape and to the character of the city.”
As one of the largest oasis regions in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Al Ahsa is famous for its fertile agricultural business and the abundance of date palms, served by the plentiful reserves of underground water, for which the city is famous. Al Ahsa also lays claim to many archaeological sites and, as an early trading route stop between the West and the Orient, was celebrated as a significant early centre for commerce. Modern-day Al Ahsa, located in close proximity to the world’s largest oil field at Ghawar, continues the city’s rich commercial legacy.
H.E. Sheikh Dr. Jassim bin Nasser bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani from owners Al Jazeera Group said: “Al Ahsa is a flourishing destination and the addition of a new property by Hilton Worldwide, and the well-known quality it represents, will be a major boost to the city.”
Opening of Hilton Suites Makkah Hotel In Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of Hilton Suites Makkah First Tower at the heartland of Saudi Arabia. The 480-room contemporary luxury hotel split into two towers, boasts a fabulous location overlooking the Kaaba and Holy Haram.
Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, said, “Overlooking the Grand Holy Masjid in the centre of Makkah, the Jabal Omar development – one of the largest hotel developments in the world – meets the growing demand for a wider variety of accommodations from the rising number of travellers visiting Saudi Arabia every year. We look forward to welcoming visitors to this important region to our fifth hotel in the country, and to offering guests the world-class service and amenities for which the Hilton brand is known.”
Just 100 kilometers from Jeddah International Airport, many of the city’s holy sites and popular Makkah attractions are just a short distance from the hotel. Pilgrims and guests can visit the Masjid al-Haram and the Kaaba, drink water from ZamZam Well, hike to the peak of Jabal al-Nour – the Mountain of Light, admire the fascinating exhibits on display at Makkah Museum and shop in one of the many stores at the extensive Makkah Mall.
Hilton Suites Makkah features a range of amenities designed for both the business and religious guest. Guest rooms are designed to convey a sense of balance, space, luxury, comfort and symmetry, featuring a unique color scheme based on the five times of prayers throughout the day – sunrise, noon, late afternoon, sunset and nighttime – in addition to generous work areas and WiFi access. Ideal for families and groups, the hotels offers spacious suites with superior views of either the city or the Holy Haram, a separate living area and several amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, a 24-hour business center, 24-hour car parking and an in-house clinic onsite for instant medical care. Guests can chose to dine at one of the five distinct outlets: Al-Khalil café, Al-Falak lounge, Al-Kawkab lounge, The Orchid Asian Restaurant and Al-Qandeel All Day Dining Restaurant. The hotels also boast two flexible meeting spaces and the latest A/V equipment.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa said, “Saudi Arabia has seen a steady increasing number of religious and business travellers over the past years. As the world’s largest pilgrimage site, Makkah attracts millions of people from every corner of the world during the annual Hajj and the seasonal Umrah pilgrimage. Hilton Worldwide entered the holy city 19 years ago with its maiden property Makkah Hilton & Towers, the first international hotel to open in Makkah. The opening of Hilton Suites Makkah complements the existing hotel and supports the growing pace of visitors going to Makkah.”
In addition, this regional growth will allow Hilton Worldwide to support the Saudization employment plan.
Ismail Sirry, general manager, Hilton Suites Makkah said, “Hilton has a well-recognized presence in Makkah as well as the region, and with the opening of Hilton Suites Makkah we aim to continue delivering the Arabian hospitality and comfort to meet our guests’ needs and ease their hardship during their spiritual journey.”