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IHCL enters Saudi Arabia with first Taj hotel in Makkah

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Indian Company (IHCL) that runs the Taj brand of luxury hotels, today announced its entry into with a 340-keys property in Makkah.

The property - fourth in the region for - is scheduled to open in January 2023 and will come up in partnership with and Construction Company in the tony Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) project, one of the largest urban rejuvenation projects in Makkah.

Puneet Chhatwal, managing director and chief executive officer of said, "We are happy to bring the first Taj hotel to We are committed to expanding our presence in the MENA (and North Africa) region. This hotel will be our fourth venture in the MENA region."

The group already manages a property in the Burj Khalifa downtown area of and will be opening two more in in the next 12-18 months.

The proposed hotel is situated within walking distance of the Grand Mosque of Masjid Al-Haram, the main attraction for over 6 million pilgrims who visit the city each year.

As the birthplace of prophet Muhammad, Makkah is the holiest city for Muslims and the KAAR project is considered as one of the most important development projects in Makkah.

operates 145 globally across four continents, 11 countries and 72 locations and is among the largest domestic hospitality chains.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 14:45 IST