This connection to the Haramain train station will provide a world-class conventient accommocation option to those using the new high speed rail network between Madinah, King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh, Jeddah and Makkah, as well as a convenient meeting spot for those visitng Madiah for commercial purposes. The KEC aims at supporting the national economy through the creation of distinct investment opportunties, which is expected to be a significant driver of guests to the new hotel.
At the signing ceremony in Madina, Eng. Sami Abdulaziz Al-Makhdhoub, CEO of the Knowledge Economic City Company, said: “I am pleased to conclude this agreement with a well known internaional company like Hilton to provide technical, management and operation for our premier hotel leveraging the success of City Gate project through providing the best services for visitors, pilgrims and local community, in the area adjacent to the Haramain train station in Medina.”
He contiued: "This agreement is a milestone for the Knowledge Economic City helping in constructing a fruitful partnership between the KEC and Hilton Global”, adding that “the agreement as conclouded in cooperation with Riyad Capital, the manager of the investment fund being established for the development of the city gate project, will enable the project to benefit from the expertise of Hilton known for its combination of quality and innovation, and for providing amazing guest experiences. Signing with Hilton gives us great confidence that this alliance will lead to positive results in the near future,” he added.
Eng. Al-Makhdhoub added that "the project of the City Gate of the Knowledge Economic City aims to develop land overlooking Prince Naif Road in the vicinity of the Haramain high-speed train station in Medina," noting that "the project will contribute to the development of various sectors such as hospitality, shopping and bus station, which are directly linked to the Haramain station in Madina to serve visitors, pilgrims and station visitors.”
Speaking at the signing event in Madinah, Amir Lababedi, Hilton’s Managing Director for Development Middle East and North Africa, said: “Hilton has a proud history of operating hotels in Saudi Arabia, and we are delighted to be strengthening our position in the country with the signing of DoubleTree by Hilton Madina Gate today. This latest addition to our portoflio will see Hilton occupy prime accommodation sites at the Haramain train stations in both Makkah and Madinah, providing Hilton guests with accommodation options at both of these connected national transport centres. We have great partners KEC and we are glad to be positively contributing to both their and the Saudi Arabian government’s drive to promote travel and tourism into the country as part of the Vision 2030.”
Hilton, which has operated hotels in the Kingdom since 1995, currently has 14 open hotels across the country and with 40 hotels in its development pipeline, expects to quadruple in size in Saudi Arabia in the next five years or so.
Across its existing hotels Hilton employs approximately 2,400 people and this number will significantly increase as it opens the 40 hotels in its existing pipeline, in addition to DoubleTree by Hilton Madina Gate, and the company continues to sign new hotels. Hilton has been voted Number One in the Saudi Arabia Great Place To Work Survey for three years in a row and is committed to hiring, training and retaining local talent to work in and manage its hotels across the country.
Hilton currently operates seven of its industry-leading brands in Saudi Arabia including Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn, and its pipeline of more than 40 hotels equates to a SAR 12 billion USD$3.2billion) investment by Hilton’s development partners.
The Knowledge Economic City is a Saudi joint stock company listed in Saudi Stock Exchange (4310). It has been established to develop the project initiated by the Saudi Arabian General Investment SAGIA as the fourth economic city in the Kingdom in an aggressive bid to repatriate capital and attract value-added foreign investments. The project focus on lifestyle development with an Islamic focus and become a business gateway to Almadinah city with its mix use activities that include business district, residential, hospitality, retail and educational sectors around the Prophet City.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising nearly 6,000 properties with more than 954,000 rooms, in 117 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, nearly 99 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
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