In additi­on to 10,000 rooms, it will featur­e 70 restau­rants and multip­le helipa­ds

The Abraj Kudai according to the design plan. PHOTO COURTESY: Dar al Handasah

The Abraj Kudai according to the design plan. PHOTO COURTESY: Dar al Handasah

Saudi Arabia has unveiled its plan to build the world’s largest hotel, The Abraj Kudai in the holy city of Makkah by 2017.

With twelve 44-storey tall towers and with 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by multi-national design group Dar al-Handasah will have a total area of 4.6 million square feet.

PHOTO COURTESY: Dar al Handasah

According to reports, work has already begun on the project which will cost an estimated £2.25billion.

“With a total site area of approximately 60,000 square meters and total built-up area of around 1.4 million square meters, the project is a residential and commercial complex which consists of a large podium topped by 12 towers accommodating several elements such as a podium housing a bus station, a shopping mall, a convention center and car parks, states Dar al Handasah on its website. Its interiors will be designed by London-based Areen Hospitality design practice.

In addition to 10,000 rooms, it will feature 70 restaurants. Its multiple helipads will be entirely devoted to royalty and have one of the largest domes in the world.

The towers will also offer related services for pilgrims. Many of the world’s largest hotels are currently situated in Las Vegas, where until the Abraj Kudai opens, the Venetian and The Palazzo is the world’s largest hotel.

PHOTO COURTESY: ALAMY

With 4,049 suites and 4,059 rooms, the hotel is 36 stories and is 475 feet high.

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