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Prince Alwaleed Tours Makkah Clock Royal Tower

October 24, 2010

HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) visited and toured the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont Hotel. During his visit, HRH also toured the Raffles Makkah Palace, Swissôtel Makkah (under construction) and Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Hajar Tower Makkah. Kingdom Holding has significant interests in the four hotel management companies.

The Prince was received by senior management during his visit that included Mr. Mohammed Arkobi, Vice President & General Manager, Fairmont Makkah, Mr. Nasr Wajih AlSaudi, General Manager of Raffles Makkah Palace, Mr. Omar Boujlid, General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Hajar Tower Makkah, and Mr. Adnan Yunsil, GM of Swissôtel Makkah scheduled to open next year.

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower is the grandest and most prestigious hotel in the Middle East. The extensive project, called Abraj Al Bait, features a five-star Fairmont property with over 1,000 guestrooms. The complex also includes a selection of residential offerings as well as retail space, restaurants and extensive convention facilities.

The hotel is the focal point of the iconic Abraj Al Bait Complex which is part of the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project whose mandate is to upgrade the precincts of the Two Holy Mosques. The complex includes seven towers with a total floor space equal to 15.6 million square feet and adjacent to the Masjid al Haram, the holiest site in Islam. The property joins Fairmont’s worldwide collection of iconic luxury hotels, and an addition to the company’s Middle East and Africa portfolio.

The hotel, a 76-story tower at 577 meters high, will be among the world’s tallest and its unique and distinctive features will ensure a landmark presence. Such features include a 40-meter clock, visible from 17 kilometers away and 40 times larger than Big Ben in London. The Royal Clock will announce daily prayers to the Muslim world and the Lunar Observation Center and Islamic Museum will serve to protect the heritage for future generations.

Housing guestrooms and suites, the hotel features Fairmont Gold, the company’s exclusive “hotel within a hotel” and numerous dining outlets. Elegantly designed and offering unparalleled service, the hotel welcomes pilgrims and guests with a variety of leisure and business facilities including unrivalled conference and banquet facilities that will accommodate over 1,500 attendees. The hotel’s 76 elevators will provide comfortable transfers during high occupancy periods and calls to prayer.