Indonesia firm to build Makkah hotel complex

makkah menjIndonesian government-controlled construction company Wijaya Karya (Wika) has drawn up plans to build a US$1.1bn seven-tower hotel complex in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

The proposed site will be situated near the city’s Grand Mosque, with each tower costing US$157mn and consisting up to 1,000 rooms.

The Indonesian daily Jakarta Globe quoted Wika corporate secretary Natal Argawan as saying, “We are currently studying the extent of the project in Saudi Arabia and our operational team has already visited the proposed construction site.”

Wika operational director Destiawan Soewardjono said that work to find a Saudi Arabian partner for the construction of the hotel was already underway, with potential companies set to travel to Indonesia soon to review Wika’s construction methods and standards.

The holy city of Makkah is currently seeing huge construction of hotels with international operators looking to cash in on the multi-billion dollar religious tourism industry. Last month, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide said it signed an agreement with Jabal Omar Development Company to open three new hotels in Makkah.

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