Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Jabal Omar Development Company, a leading developer in the Middle East, have announced plans for a new hotel in the holy city of Mecca.
The property will form part of the Jabal Omar integrated real estate development.
Located adjacent to Al-Masjid Al-Ḥarām (the Grand Mosque) and with direct access and unobstructed views of the Haram, Four Seasons Hotel Makkah will offer the most gracious accommodations in the city.
Four Seasons Hotel Makkah will be the company’s second location in Saudi Arabia, joining Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre.
“As Four Seasons continues to expand its portfolio in the Middle East, we are pleased to partner with JODC to create a fully customised Four Seasons experience in Makkah,” said J. Allen Smith, president, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.
“Each Four Seasons is reflective of its destination and the people who stay with us, and this project in particular is designed to accommodate the unique needs of those who visit Makkah.
“This magnificent new building will set the stage for tailored service in a luxurious environment, enhancing the connection to this important place for all who visit.”
Award-winning architectural firm Foster + Partners was chosen following an international design competition for this prestigious project.
Impressive in appearance and deeply thoughtful in its concept, the multi-towered building atop a retail podium cascades down toward the Grand Mosque, seamlessly integrating its public spaces into the Haram.
An innovative design allows clear views of the Kaaba from every guest room and suite, each of which will feature one or more private prayer rooms.
In total, there will be approximately 375 guest rooms and suites, plus approximately 90 Four Seasons Private Residences.
“Four Seasons will be the jewel in the Jabal Omar master development plan,” said Yasser Faisal Al-Sharif, chief executive, Jabal Omar Development Company.
“With our design partners and Four Seasons, we will bring to life a vision for the ultimate hospitality experience to enhance Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.”