Best Western makes debut in Makkah, KSA

152-key hotel adds to operator's plans for 3600 rooms by 2015

A guest room at the the Best Western Plus Bakkah Awan Hotel.
A guest room at the the Best Western Plus Bakkah Awan Hotel.

Best Western International has announced the opening of its first property in Makkah – the Best Western Plus Bakkah Awan Hotel.

Facilities at the 152-room hotel include a restaurant, coffee shop, kids club and business centre. The hotel is situated in close proximity to the Holy Mosque and offers shuttle bus transfers to the holy site.

Room facilities include cable television, coffee and tea making facilities, free internet access, safes and refrigerators. The hotel also offers adjoining rooms for larger groups.

Best Western vice president international operations – Asia and the Middle East, Glenn de Souza said: “Tourism in Saudi Arabia is booming.

Religious and pilgrimage travel is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the industry, and Makkah is at its heart. The city receives more than three million pilgrims during the Hajj and around six million for the Umrah, and Best Western is delighted to be able to cater for these visitors with amodern, upscale accommodation choice.”

The opening of the new hotel marks the latest phase of Best Western’s plans for expansion in the Middle East. In 2012, the company launched its first hotels in Oman, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Best Western International plans to be operating at least 3600 rooms across 22 properties in the Middle East by the end of 2015.

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