Dubai-based Jumeirah Group will open its first hotel in Saudi Arabia with the The Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel, according to a statement by Dubai Holding.

The five-star hotel will comprise four towers with 1,033 guest rooms and 93 villas within walking distance of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Arabian Business reported.

The project, which will be developed by Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC), is scheduled to open by early 2019.

Dubai Holding CEO Edris Al Rafi, said: “As the company embarks on its next phase of growth, adding such a strategic and large hotel to the portfolio is a key milestone in our ambitious international expansion strategy.”

The hotel will also feature food and beverage offerings, meeting facilities, an executive lounge, a gym and more than 90 retail outlets.

In June, JODC signed a deal with Emaar Hospitality Group’s luxury hotel brand Address Hotels + Resorts to build the Jabal Omar Address Makkah, also scheduled for a 2019 opening.  

Several hotel projects are currently ongoing in Makkah in response to the shortage of accommodation due to the rapid growth in visitor numbers over the past few years.