Jumeirah prepares for KSA debut with new appointment

Rizwan Shaikh

Jumeirah Group has appointed experienced luxury hotelier, Rizwan Shaikh, as General Manager for Jabal Omar Jumeirah in Makkah, its first hotel to open in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

With an enviable location just three minutes’ walk from Masjid Al Haram, the hotel will be one of the largest in the group’s portfolio featuring 1,033 rooms and suites, and 88 apartments once fully operational.

Thomas B. Meier, Chief Operating Officer of Jumeirah Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rizwan to Jabal Omar Jumeirah. As we look to expand our presence in strategic locations across the globe, Saudi Arabia is a key market for our brand. We are confident that Rizwan’s impressive track record in delivering operational excellence, as well as his expertise in luxury hospitality in the Kingdom, will build on Jumeirah’s incredible success story and lead Jabal Omar Jumeirah to new levels of luxury and service for Saudi Arabia.” 

Located at the sacred heart of the Muslim world, Jabal Omar Jumeirah, has been designed to create a serene, luxurious haven for guests as they experience a deeply significant life event. Spread across four towers and featuring several signature dining venues, the hotel will open as part of the second phase of the city’s flagship Jabal Omar project, designed by Fosters + Partners. The group’s second property in the Kingdom, Jumeirah The Red Sea, is scheduled for a 2024 opening.