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AHIC 2018: Taj Hotels expands into Saudi Arabia
Hisham Ebeid, senior executive, hospitality, Umm Al Qura, right, and Puneet Chhatwal, chief executive of the Indian Hotels Company, celebrate the deal

AHIC 2018: Taj Hotels expands into Saudi Arabia

In a major milestone, the Indian Hotels Company has today announced its foray into the Holy City of Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The move is in partnership with Umm Al Qura Development & Construction Company in the prestigious King Abdul Aziz Road project, one of the largest urban rejuvenation projects in the city of Makkah.

Commenting on the signing of this agreement, Puneet Chhatwal, managing director at the Indian Hotels Company, said: “We are honoured to partner with Umm Al Qura Development & Construction Company in bringing the first Taj hotel to Saudi Arabia.

“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 twelve to eighteen months.

The proposed hotel is conveniently situated within walking distance of the Grand Mosque (Masjid Al-Haram), the main attraction for over six 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, scheduled to open in January 2023, will have approximately 340 keys, banqueting facilities and several restaurants to serve all tastes. 

Commenting on the partnership, Mohammad Al Ganawi, chief executive of Umm Al Qura Development & Construction Company, said: “We are delighted to partner with The Indian Hotels Company.

“We look forward to working with them to bring the iconic Taj brand to the unique development project in Makkah.”

As the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad and the site of his first revelation of the Quran, Makkah is the holiest city in the religion of Islam.

More Information

Suma Venkatesh, executive vice president, real estate and development, Indian Hotels Company, tells Breaking Travel News more about the new property during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Ras al Khaimah