Makarem, a hotel brand under Dur Hospitality, has signed a management and operation agreement with Saudi Edarah to operate the new Rwaya Hotel in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The 31-storey hotel, situated in Khalidiya neighbourhood, is expected to open in the first quarter of 2024.

It will have 592 rooms and a range of facilities including a main restaurant, prayer areas for both men and women, banquet halls and parking.

It will be a seven-minute drive from the Grand Mosque.

The latest addition is part of Makarem’s expansion plan in the holy cities.

Makarem will oversee all aspects of the new hotel, such as accommodations, guest services, and food and beverage.

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It aims to elevate the experience of pilgrims while maintaining international standards in alignment with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.

Dur CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi said: “We take immense pride in this partnership, focused on elevating Makarem’s services and reinforcing its position as the preferred choice for pilgrims – a well-deserved accolade over the years.”

Saudi Edarah chairman Nasser Al-Omaier said: “Rwaya Hotel will offer an exceptional hotel experience, catering to the needs of visitors to the holy sites, from its strategic location to the opulence of its structure and associated facilities.

“Selecting Makarem to operate the hotel underscores the alignment of visions between Makarem and Saudi Edarah, with a shared goal of enhancing the pilgrims’ experience.”

Makarem serves visitors across Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites and currently has 2027 hotel rooms, with the aim of expanding its total number of rooms to 10,000 by 2028.

In November 2023, Dur Hospitality signed a strategic partnership with Travel Destinations Solutions to promote its hotel brands and business to business connections.