Kempinski debuts in Saudi Arabia

Kempinski Hotels has been awarded the management contract for a new five star luxury hotel on Jeddah Cornish overlooking the Red Sea shores. The first property for the group in Saudi Arabia, Kempinski Hotel Jeddah is expected to open in winter 2010.

Designed to be the first green intelligent hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the 240 meter high tower will boast 321 keys out of which 250 will be luxury guest rooms and suites, while the rest will be serviced apartments spread over its 56 floors.

With a full array of first class facilities including luxurious leisure suites, two restaurants offering a range of international cuisines, a stunning wellness centre and spa, fitness centre, swimming pool and a 1000 sqm ballroom, the hotel will be the finest address for leisure travelers in Jeddah. Moreover, corporate guests can avail themselves of the advanced corporate and meetings facilities including fully equipped modern meeting rooms, VIP offices and business suites.

Abdullah Al Issa, Managing Director of the owning company Mohamad Al Issa & Sons, said, ‘We share Kempinski’s values and vision in providing the finest possible service and experience within the hospitality industry. As a relatively young market in terms of luxury hotels, there is an evident need in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the experience and established five star standards that Kempinski can provide.’

Designed by Perkins and Will International, the Kempinski Hotel Jeddah is currently in its final design stages, and is set to be the first intelligent hotel building in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia using the most advanced electro mechanical green technology.


Al Issa confirms that ‘It is our commitment to a way of living; we have appointed a green consultant to deploy techniques during the entire project that save natural resources and saves energy.’

Ulrich T. Eckhardt, President of Middle East & Africa for Kempinski, has high hopes for the group’s first entry into KSA, saying, ‘This is a significant step up the regional ladder for Kempinski as we continue to venture into new and emerging hospitality markets, and a move we feel confident with based on our consistent popularity and rapport with Saudi guests at other Kempinski properties across the Middle East and abroad.’

In 2007, Kempinski Hotels is celebrating 110 years of history, exclusivity and distinctive luxury. During this time, Kempinski hotels have hosted international celebrities, witnessed meetings between the world’s leaders and been a part of creating history around the globe. Experience Kempinski’s unique heritage at one of the group’s prestigious properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia.

Kempinski is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, which currently comprises seven luxury brands encompassing 153 upscale and luxury hotels with over 46,000 rooms in 39 different countries. Each brand is a key player in their main region of operation: Kempinski in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Omni in North America, Pan Pacific in the Pacific Rim, The Leela Group in India, Dusit in Thailand, Landis in Taiwan and China, and Marco Polo in China and Hong Kong. Global Hotel Alliance will continue to grow to include selected hotel brands in those regions not currently covered by the alliance.