Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands Presence in Saudi Arabia with Three New Hotels in Makkah

  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands Presence in Saudi Arabia with Three New
  Hotels in Makkah

   Scheduled to Debut in 2015, the New Sheraton, Westin and Four Points by
           Sheraton Hotels Add Nearly 1,500 Rooms to the Holy City

Business Wire

MAKKAH, Saudi Arabia -- June 24, 2013

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) has signed an agreement
with Jabal Omar Development Company to open three new hotels in the Holy City
of Makkah. As part of the Jabal Omar Development project, Starwood will add
1,496 rooms to the city under the company’s Sheraton®, Westin® and Four
Points® by Sheraton brands when the hotels open in 2015. Starwood currently
operates 10 properties in Saudi Arabia, the second largest market for the
company in the Middle East behind the UAE.

“We are delighted to work with Jabal Omar Development Company as we introduce
the Sheraton, Westin and Four Points by Sheraton brands to the holy city of
Makkah,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe,
Africa and Middle East. “As business travel and religious tourism continue to
expand in Saudi Arabia, we believe the time is right to expand our portfolio
in the country.”

H.E. Abdul Rahman Abdul Qadir Fakieh, chairman of the board for Jabal Omar
Development Company commented, “We are excited to partner with Starwood to
bring three of their world-class brands to Makkah. We believe the addition of
these hotels is in line with the goal of the Jabal Omar Development to improve
and urbanize the central area surrounding Al Haram and provide much needed
facilities and accommodations for pilgrims.”

Al Haram, the Jabal Omar Development, is a 230,000 square meter mixed-use
development in Makkah comprised of 38 high-rise buildings. With 26 hotels and
over 11,000 rooms, the complex is one of the largest hotel developments in the

Sheraton Makkah Hotel

With a long history in the Middle East, spanning more than 50 years, the
Sheraton brand continues to be one of the most sought-after hotel brands in
the region. Offering a warm and lively ambience, the Sheraton Makkah Hotel
will boast 532 guest rooms and suites featuring the all-white Sheraton Sweet
Sleeper® Bed. The hotel will also feature five food and beverage venues,
including two large buffet restaurants to suit the schedules of guests.

Other signature offerings at the Sheraton Makkah Hotel include the Sheraton
Club Lounge and Link@Sheraton® experienced with Microsoft® in the lobby, a
unique social and communications hub delivering the technology guests expect
and require while on the road. Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core®
Performance will feature separate gym equipment and training facilities. The
hotel will also offer over 185 square meters (2,000 square feet) of meeting
and event space.

Westin Makkah Hotel

Offering a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere, Westin Makkah will feature 513
guest rooms and suites outfitted with the renowned Westin Heavenly® Bed and
the Heavenly® Bath. Westin Makkah will offer two large buffet restaurants for
guests, as well as a specialty restaurant and two lounges.

Signature experiences such as the Heavenly® Spa by Westin and the
WestinWORKOUT®, offering fitness facilities with state-of-the-art equipment,
will help create a revitalising stay for guests. The hotel will also offer
more than 232 square meters (2,500 square feet) of ultra-modern meeting and
function space.

Four Points by Sheraton Makkah Hotel

With more than 170 hotels around the world, the Four Points by Sheraton brand
has solidified its place as Starwood’s third largest brand with the
second-biggest global pipeline.

With a modern design and an uncomplicated friendly approach to hospitality and
service, Four Points by Sheraton Makkah will offer guests a compelling blend
of comfort, style and affordability. Four Points by Sheraton Makkah will
feature 451 comfortable guest rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, a lounge, a
business center and over 92 square meters (1,000 square feet) of meeting and
event space.

Starwood in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia

“This landmark project, featuring three of our lifestyle brands, marks an
important milestone for Starwood in the Middle East,” said Bart Carnahan,
Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts,
Europe, Africa and Middle East. “With eight hotels in the pipeline in the next
three years, we are set to nearly double our portfolio in the Kingdom of Saudi

Starwood currently operates 10 hotels in Saudi Arabia under the Sheraton and
Le Méridien brands. This includes two Le Méridien hotels in Makkah, Sheraton
Riyadh Hotels & Towers, Le Méridien Medina, as well as hotels in the cities of
Al Khobar, Taif and Dammam. Most recently, Starwood opened Four Points by
Sheraton Riyadh Khaldia and the company will open the Sheraton Medina Hotel
and Four Points by Sheraton Medina Hotel later this year. With the signing of
three new developments in Makkah, Starwood now has over 3,000 rooms in its
Saudi Arabia pipeline.

Starwood operates close to 50 hotels and resorts across the Middle East under
eight of the company’s nine distinct lifestyle brands including: The Luxury
Collection, St. Regis, Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, Le Méridien, Four Points by
Sheraton and Aloft.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and
leisure companies in the world with 1,146 properties in nearly 100 countries
and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully
integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences
with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury
Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton,
Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty
programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem
points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates.
Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of
world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged
access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit

About Jabal Omar Development Company

Jabal Omar Development Company is a publicly listed Saudi company formed by a
royal decree in October 2006. The company has developed the master plan for
the urban development of the Jabal Omar which lies in the central area of the
holy mosque in Makkah. It is engaged in construction and development of real
estate properties. The Company activities include construction, rent, lease
and development of residential areas, hotels, and commercial centers. The goal
of the company is to assist in government initiatives of transforming Makkah
as a smart city, and fullfill it’s social responsibility of extending comforts
and facilities to the millions of visitors who come to perform their religious
duties, and at the same time play a positive role in contributing to the
economic sector of the country.


Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle-East
Chandan Belani
Mob: +971 50 506 8465
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