Boom in hotel investment

Updated 14 November 2012
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Boom in hotel investment

JEDDAH: Makkah region, which attracts more than 10 million pilgrims annually, has the largest number of hotels in the Kingdom, a report said yesterday.
Total investment in hotels and furnished apartments in the country would reach SR 97.5 billion by 2020, it added. About 54.8 percent of hotels in the Kingdom are in the Makkah region, followed by Madinah (16.7%) and Eastern Province (9.5%). Two-star hotels account for 68.2% of the total, followed by three star (18.8%), five star (8.3%) and four star (4.6%).
The report was released by Muhammad Al-Amri, executive director of the SCTA in the Makkah region on the occasion of Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2012, which will be held in Jeddah on Nov. 17-19.


Riyadh accuses Iran backed Houthi militia for the most abuse committed against Yemenis

Updated 16 min 28 sec ago
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Riyadh accuses Iran backed Houthi militia for the most abuse committed against Yemenis

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN Abdallah Al-Mouallimi has said that Iran is the “key actor” responsible for Yemeni suffering.

Al-Mouallimi was speaking at a Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict on Tuesday.

He added that it was laughable to hear Tehran’s representative speak at the UN in defense of Yemenis.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen, he said, is taking extreme care not to harm civilians, and has, therefore, been constantly reviewing and updating its target lists.

He said that Iranian-backed Houthi militia have been committing the biggest abuses against Yemeni civilians since taking over power three years ago in the country.