Dubai design firm signs two ‘mega’ Saudi hotel projects
MMAC Design Associates appointed as interior designer on two large multiple brand hotel projects located in Saudi Arabia
Dubai based MMAC Design Associates has recently penned a contract to be the appointed interior designer on two multiple brand 5, 4 and 3-star hotel projects located in Saudi Arabia
Developed in Makkah by Umm Al Qura, the first project is located within the King Abdul Aziz Road Development (KAAR), stretching almost 4km from the western entrance of Makkah to the Jabal Omar project.
According MMAC Design Associates, the project covers an area of more than 1.2million m2, with hotels, residential and commercial towers situated on both sides.
The design firm has been tasked with designing the interiors of the 383 key, 5-star Kempinski Hotel and a 392 key, 4-star Embassy by Hilton property in addition to the adjoining Residential Tower.
Speaking about the signing, managing director of MMAC, Christian Merieau, said: “Projects of this scale and in such prestigious location don’t come up very often, so naturally we are thrilled to be involved in helping create history.”
MMAC Design Associates will also be working on the interior design of three Starwood properties within the Al Widyan project in Riyadh.
The trio of hotel properties will comprise of a 242 key, 5-Westin Hotel and 93 key Westin branded residences, plus the first 201 key, 3-star Element by Westin Hotel in Saudi Arabia. Scheduled to open in 2022, the three hotels will see the return of the Westin brand to the Kingdom.
Al Widyan is a seven million square metre mixed-use development situated in the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD). The hotel project is the creation of the Spanish architects TYPSA for Al Akaria Saudi Real Estate Company (SRECO), which, according to a statement, represents ‘building for the future’ - focusing on the wellness of those who will live and work within this visionary project.
“We are fully aligned with the vision of Al Akaria. The client and MMAC are excited to be a part of a great team of consultants led by the Spanish architectural giants TYPSA” said Anil Mangalat, design director of MMAC. “Our concept is based on the principles of Biophilic design – a theme that is ingrained in The Westin brand,” he added.