|By Abdul Basit, Khaleej Times, Dubai,
United Arab EmiratesMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News
May 10, 2013--Ramadan is the busiest time for Makkah hotels and that's the reason one of the top real estate developers in Saudi Arabia plans to open doors of its 1,743 rooms property.
Abdul Latif Jameel Real Estate Investment Company is geared up to inaugurate its Anjum Hotel during July 2013. The hotel is part of the first phase of the Jabal Al Ka'aba project in the holy city, which is poised to add a total of 7,000 hotel rooms upon completion of a cluster of hotels in the coming few years.
Makkah needs more hotels as there is not enough supply in the Holy city, chairman Yousef Abdul Latif Jameel told during an interview at Arabian Travel Market.
"Our SAR10 billion investment into the Jabal Al Ka'aba project is aimed at further strengthening the travel and tourism infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. The Anjum Hotel, which is the flagship hotel of Anjum Hotels, is being built at a cost of SAR4 billion and is set to open its doors to religious travellers during the third quarter of this year," Jameel said.
"We are hoping soft opening during Ramadan. So may be we open one of the two towers in the first phase, he explained. Once completed the Jabal Al Ka'aba project will have total six hotels," he added.
Talking about future plans of the company in term of hotel investment, he said: "We own the land, we do the construction, and we manage the hotel. We are very much focused on Makkah. Madinah and Jeddah will be our key focus areas after this property."
About the property, he said it's just walking distance from the Holy Haram with an exit and tunnel connected directly to the new King Abdullah gate, providing guests with unrivalled access to Al Masjid Al Haram.
"Our participation in the Arabian Travel Market 2013 in Dubai is part of our marketing strategies that are aimed to help us achieve industry excellence and leadership. During the event we look forward to showcasing the exclusive services and amenities of our 5-star Anjum Hotel that is designed to meet the needs and expectations of religious travellers from all around the Islamic world," said Jameel.
He said: "Anjum Hotel offers an array of exclusive services such as a dedicated guest center to respond to the various requests of the guests; a Manasek desk to assist guests throughout their religious experience; Kids World featuring a specialised, trained team to look after children between the ages of 3 and 7; and Azad Floors and lounge which offer premium services to guests. In addition to the hotel's 26 air-conditioned elevators, each with a 16-guest capacity, which will address the heavy traffic situation expected during prayer times."
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