Indian Hotels Company has announced its debut into Saudi Arabia, with a 340-key property that is scheduled to open in Makkah in January 2023.

It has partnered with Umm Al Qura Development and Construction to build the Taj hotel that will be located in King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) project in Makkah.

It will be located within walking distance to the Grand Mosque (Masjid Al-Haram) and in close proximity to commercial offices, retail stores and restaurants within the KAAR project.

This property will be the hospitality company’s fourth venture in the Middle East. IHCL manages Taj Dubai that’s located in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa downtown area. It plans to open another two hotels in Dubai in the next 12 to 18 months.

“We are honoured to partner with Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company in bringing the first Taj hotel to Saudi Arabia. This signing is aligned to our strategy of a strong focus on global growth markets and to be present where our guests travel to. We are committed to expanding our presence in the MENA region,” says Puneet Chhatwal, managing director and CEO at Indian Hotels Company.