By Nathan Morley
As Saudi Arabia welcomed 24,000 tourists in the 10 days after it issued tourist visas for the first time, luxury hotelier Kempinski has announced a new project in Makkah.
The Kempinski Hotel Makkah will include 380 rooms and suites, each of them offering at least 42 net square meters.
Last week saw a signing ceremony with the partnering company, Umm Al Qura for Development and Construction Company at Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai.
The hotel is equipped with plenty of top-notch amenities catering for a luxury pilgrim experience.
An All day dining restaurant and a speciality restaurant with its Levantine cuisine or indulging in the coffee lounge at the sky lobby will offer guests exclusive culinary experiences.
In September, Saudi Arabia launched the new visa scheme aimed at attracting foreign holidaymakers to the kingdom as part of a plan to diversify its economy.
Interest in Saudi tourism has been encouraging. In the last week, Chinese holidaymakers have topped the list with 7,391, followed by citizens of the UK and the US with 6,159 and 2,132 respectively.