Millennium Hotels & Resorts MEA brings five-star hotel to Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
The opening of Grand Millennium Tabuk is part of the group’s expansion plans in KSA
Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA has opened its first Grand Millennium-brand property in the Kingdom, located in the city of Tabuk.
Designed for both business and leisure guests, Grand Millennium Taruk is located close to the Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Airport. Inside, the hotel features 218 keys spread across rooms, suites and a large royal suite.
“Grand Millennium Tabuk represents the first Grand Millennium in Saudi Arabia and unfolds a story of the bygone era. The hotel is reminiscent of the vintage Hejaz Railway and the intricate design speaks volumes of stories reminding of the nostalgic Hejaz Railway,” said Kevork Deldelian, chief executive officer of Millennium Hotels and Resorts Middle East and Africa.
Hejaz Railway provided an immensely important route for travel and trade between Damascus and Al Madina.
Each room of the hotel has been designed to celebrate the history of this railway station, with photographs and art of the station found throughout the property.
The hotel outlets include Al Maksoura (The cabin) all-day dining restaurant, Juzurna Arabesque restaurant, Al Multaqa (The gathering place) Lobby Café and Al Manzar Pool Lounge in addition to a ballroom for weddings and events with a total space of 1082 sq m and capacity up to 800 people, five meeting rooms with a total meeting space of 283 sq m. The hotel also includes a recreation area with outdoor and indoor swimming pools for adults and kids, gym and spa facilities for ladies and gents, two tennis courts, multipurpose court and kids’ play area.
At the Saudi Arabia Hospitality Investment Conference (SHIC) last year, Millennium laid out plans to open 50 hotels in Saudi Arabia over the next 10 years.
In an interview with Hotelier Middle East, the group’s MEA president Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi explained: “We have a large expansion plan for Saudi Arabia, we have around 20 hotels in the Kingdom. We are planning to take that target to around 50 hotels in the next 10 years, we want to be in every city in Saudi Arabia, even secondary cities like Hail, Tabuk, Jazan, Abha and others.”
Together Hail, Tabuk, Jazan and Abha make up a smaller population than the likes of Jeddah and Riyadh. Alzaabi however believes presence in these smaller cities will stimulate growth in the larger ones.
He said: “All of these cities will continue to grow and help build brand awareness when people come to bigger cities. Riyadh, Makkah, Medina and Jeddah will be our main focus, of course, we’ll have as many hotels to service all of our clients in all of the cities.”