Mega hotel nears bidding

24 April 2006

Local property developer Abdul Latif Jameel Real Estate Investment Company is moving ahead with the construction of an estimated SR 500 million ($133 million) hotel in Mecca. The project is part of a seven-phase programme to develop a chain of hotels at Jabal al-Kaaba, northeast of the Haram Mosque.

The first phase centres on the construction of a 1,800-room, four-star hotel with a built-up area of about 120,000 square metres. Tenders for the main structure are expected to be issued by the end of May, followed shortly after by the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) package. The complex will also include restaurants, retail facilities and car parking. Work is expected to take about three years to complete. Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners) is the consultant.

In total, Abdul Latif group is planning to add about 10,000 hotel rooms in Mecca. It already operates two hotels of 500 and 650 rooms respectively in the city.

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