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The lobby of the Conrad Makkah

Modernity meets traditional Islamic architecture at Conrad Makkah

MAKKAH, September 19, 2016

Mixing contemporary design with traditional Islamic architecture, Conrad Makkah (Jabal Omar) brings a level of sophistication to the experience of religious travellers who are seeking world-class hospitality in a locally-inspired surrounding.

Be it the art of Mashrabiya, sahn courtyard, chandeliers with the tree leaves pattern, or the unique combination of Surahs from the Holy Qur’an in the paintings and in the wall and ceiling decoration, Conrad Makkah (Jabal Omar) transforms the elements of Islamic heritage into an ultra-modern composition.

“The architectural and design teams blended contemporary luxury with the elements of Islamic-infused interiors and art, culminating in a visual and experiential design masterpiece that embodies the idea of ‘modernity meets traditional Islamic architecture’,” said Magdi Helal, project director, Architecture, Design and Construction – Middle East and Africa at Hilton, a leading global hospitality company that owns Conrad brand.

“From the moment of their arrival, our guests are indulged in a fascinating heritage of Islamic art, vocabulary and colours, translated into a visual storytelling that consistently flows from the main hotel lobby and its restaurants and lounges to private rooms and meeting areas,” added Helal.

‘Falak’ - derived from Surah’s from the Holy Qur’an and meaning ‘Astronomy’ in English - has been predominantly used in the paintings and drawings on the walls of Conrad Makkah, with beige and very light blue colour giving the sense of peace and equanimity.
Overlooking the Sacred Mosque, Al Masjid al Haram, and the Holy Kaabah, Conrad Makkah (Jabal Omar) features 438 elegant rooms, including 62 suites situated in two towers, ranging from 56 square meters to 247 square meters for the Royal Suite.

“The spacious rooms are considered to be some of the largest in the Holy City,” said Helal, adding that their interiors create a distinct visual orientation point that provides a sense of location within its local surrounding.

“Apart from its Islamic-infused artwork, a lot of attention has been paid to the unique nuances of designing this hotel such as the careful orientation and location of footboards, bathrooms and other personal hygiene facilities, which the interior architectural design company has creatively translated into an iconic and progressive luxury design that derives its details from the local surrounding and beyond,” said Helal.

Conrad Makkah delights guests with a wide array of onsite dining options, from the elegant steak restaurant, Prime, which features an engaging open kitchen and magnificent views of Al Haram, and the all-day dining restaurant Al Mearaj, which features local favourites and international classics, to the Al Hilal Café at the Al Haram level, inviting guests to enjoy light snacks and refreshments between prayers.

The hotel’s 12 elevators with direct service to the religious site enable pilgrims to seamlessly reach the Sacred Mosque during peak prayer times. The hotel also offers an on-site Masjid with audio connection to Al-Haram for up to 1,000 guests.

Guests booking a stay at the hotel can also utilise the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it's pre-selecting bath amenities or checking-in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app. - TradeArabia News Service

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