Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide on Monday said it has signed an agreement with Jabal Omar Development Co. to open three new hotels in the Holy City of Makkah. As part of the Jabal Omar Development project, Starwood will add 1,496 rooms to the city under the company’s Sheraton, Westin and Four Points by Sheraton brands when the hotels open in 2015. Starwood currently operates 10 properties in Saudi Arabia, the second largest market for the company in the Middle East behind the UAE.
Al Haram, the Jabal Omar Development, is a 230,000 square meter mixed-use development in Makkah comprised of 38 high-rise buildings. With 26 hotels and over 11,000 rooms, the complex is one of the largest hotel developments in the world.
The Sheraton Makkah Hotel will boast 532 guest rooms and suites featuring the all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. The hotel will also feature five food and beverage venues, including two large buffet restaurants.
The Westin Makkah will feature 513 guest rooms and suites, two large buffet restaurants , as well as a specialty restaurant and two lounges.
The Four Points by Sheraton Makkah will feature 451 guest rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, a lounge, a business center and over 92 square meters (1,000 square feet) of meeting and event space.
“This landmark project, featuring three of our lifestyle brands, marks an important milestone for Starwood in the Middle East,” said Bart Carnahan, senior vice president acquisitions and development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “With eight hotels in the pipeline in the next three years, we are set to nearly double our portfolio in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”