Rotana opens new hotel in Saudi Arabia

3 September 2009

Rotana, the leading hotel management company in the Middle East and North Africa, has officially opened the Al Marwa Rayhaan by Rotana, Makkah (Mecca), Saudi Arabia. The launch took place on Saturday 22 August 2009.

The new hotel is the first to open under the brand ‘Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana’ - An Arabic name that refers to an aromatic plant mentioned in the sayings of prophet in the Holy Quran. Rayhaan reflects Rotana’s respect for the culture and beliefs of its guests.

Mr. Imad Elias, Executive Vice President & COO of Rotana, commented, “To our valued patrons, Rayhaan offers an uncompromising alternative that upholds the world-class standards synonymous with the Rotana name. An entirely new concept in the region and on the market, the alcohol-free option has an inherent appeal to guests in the Middle East.”

The Al Marwa Rayhaan by Rotana, Makkah is situated on the right side of the Al Bayt Towers project, which faces King Abdul Aziz Gate and has an overview of the Holy Mosque and the Ka'aba. The new hotel is part of the Al Bayt Towers complex, one of the ongoing King Abdul Aziz Endowment (Waqf) projects in Saudi Arabia, which are aimed at developing the areas surrounding the Holy Mosque in Makkah. The project is comprised of seven towers which will be built on an area of 6.15 million square metres.

The Al Marwa Rayhaan by Rotana offers 400 luxurious rooms and suites, designed to be modern and stylish, while complementing the values of Arabian culture. There is a choice of three restaurants at the hotel offering breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets in addition to an à la carte menu, as well as 24 hour in-room dining.

Makkah is widely known as being the centre of the Islamic world. The city is located in Saudi Arabia's Makkah Province, in the historic Hejaz region. With a population of approximately 1.7 million people, the city is located 45 miles inland from Jeddah.

The city is modern, cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse, with a thriving business community. The Al Marwa Rayhaan by Rotana will attract a range of business travellers, as well as guests making the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage.

"We are proud to manage this unique property, our first to open in Saudi Arabia, under Rotana's new ‘Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana’ brand,” Mr. Elias, commented. “Our team is very excited about this unique opportunity to expand into Saudi Arabia. We are certain that we will be able to introduce new standards in the tourism sector in Makkah.”

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