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Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts to Debut in the Middle East with the July 2012
Opening of the 1487-room Swissôtel Makkah in Saudi Arabia

Makkah, May 11, 2012 – Spectacular experience awaits guests at Swissôtel Makkah, with 1487 beautifully appointed rooms and suites constituting to be the largest hotel of Saudi Arabia and the biggest entity of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. The soon to be unveiled prestigious hotel will mark the international hotel group’s first venture in the Middle East and is due to welcoming guests from the 1st day of Ramadan in July 2012.

With a modern design, complementing the values of the authentic Arabian culture, the new hotel will offer 1,487 well - appointed deluxe rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the Grand Mosque and the Holy Kaaba, making it an unforgettable and overwhelming experience in the Islamic Capital of the world. “With the most convenient location in the Holy City of Makkah, we anticipate Swissôtel Makkah to be the preferred destination not only for pilgrims and Umra performers but also for business travelers, who will be visiting the Holy City of Makkah”, says Meinhard Huck, President Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts.

Strategically located at a distance of few steps from the Grand Mosque, Swissôtel Makkah offers the exquisite portfolio of compellingly elegant rooms and suites which includes comfortable 36 sqm rooms, pre-set 352 triple-bed rooms and also 22 disabled-friendly rooms along with free Internet access for all the guests of the hotel. In his turn, Mr. Mohammed Arkobi, The Vice President & Managing Director of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International Makkah, said: “We are continuously looking to have the best convenient facility combined with the best services from the very heart of Makkah, and we believe that Swissôtel Makkah will set a new trend of hospitality to our group portfolio. With 1,487 rooms and suites in central Makkah, we look forward to a busy opening.”

A gastronomic delight awaits guests and visitors at the Swissôtel Makkah. The soon to be opened hotel will feature a wide variety of worldwide culinary pleasures to suit every palate.  Al Rowad restaurant, a casual all day dinning will feature delicacies from North Africa, Indonesia, Middle East and India while, Café Swiss will present a combination of traditional and international specialties. Besides these, Ajwa restaurant will offer guests an international multi cuisine dining experience. For business guests, a multi-functional business center will feature state of the art facilities, well equipped with the latest communication tools that will enable guests to seamlessly conduct their business engagements. Further, the business center will also include a waiting area as well as dedicated stations for fast internet access along with two spacious meeting rooms (40sqm each) available for guests who wish to organize meetings with a higher degree of privacy. These services and facilities collectively will pave the way for successful hosting of events and corporate activities including meetings and conferences that will be a hallmark of Swissôtel Makkah.

About Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts

Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts ( is an award winning and distinctive group of deluxe hotels, combining renowned Swiss hospitality with contemporary design, personalised service, charm and efficiency. Located in popular gateway destinations and city centres, the hotels provide convenient access to business and shopping districts. The group's Swiss heritage ensures organisational competence, attention to detail, safety and a superlative guest experience.

The international hotel chain is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with 102 hotels and resorts worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffled branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties.

Hotels under development: Makkah/Saudi-Arabia (2012), Sochi/Russia (2013), Chengdu/China (2014), Bangalore/India (2014), Mumbai/India (2014), Kiev/Ukraine (2014), and Odessa/Ukraine (2014).


Eva-Maria Panzer
Director Communication
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Eva-Maria Lindner
Sernior Manager Communication
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Susie Lim-Kannan
Director Media Relations
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