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Luxury hotels in Mecca are full for Haj

Luxury hotels around the Grand Mosque in Mecca are running full for this year's Haj despite hundreds of new rooms opening, the National has reported. "Makkah Hilton & Towers was a sell-out for the month surrounding Haj," said Shuja Zaidi, the hotel's general manager and vice president for Hilton Worldwide's projects in Saudi Arabia. "We had expected rates to be lower than in 2010 due to the increased supply of hotel rooms in and around the haram." But demand exceeded supply and rates remained "in line" with last year, he told the daily.