Kempinski Hotels has announced plans to open a new flagship property in Saudi Arabia. The new luxury hotel in Makkah will be the flagship building on the new boulevard that forms the heart of the King Abdul Aziz Road development project.
The Kempinski Hotel Makkah will have 380 guestrooms and suites, as well as an all-day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant serving Levantine cuisine. There will also be a coffee lounge in the sky lobby, plus a ballroom and conference rooms for meetings and events.
The new hotel will be prominently located in King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR), a new development project that is being envisioned as an urban lifestyle hub. In addition to the luxury hotel the project will include commercial centers and restaurants, as well as business and residential areas, and it will serve both the local Makkah population and Hajj and Umrah visitors. The hotel will be set in a prime area of the new boulevard, at the closest point to the Holy Haram mosque. The KAAR will complement another new Kempinski property that is set to open in Al Madina in 2022. The Makkah hotel will also be linked to a luxury mall on the KAAR.
Officials responsible for the project say they are exploring the possibilities of integrating sustainable and green building requirements into the new property.
The addition of Kempinski Hotel Makkah to the Kempinski portfolio is part of the company’s continued expansion into the Middle East. A few years ago the company opened the Kempinski Al Othman Hotel Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia; all told, it manages six properties in the Gulf, the most recent of which is the Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai.