To this day, Mecca in Saudi Arabia is known as the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad. However, very soon, Mecca will have another attraction – the largest hotel in the world – Abraj Kudai which is under construction only 1.7 kilometers from the Grand Mosque in Mecca and is expected to be completed in 2017. Where Islamic pilgrims, going to Mecca annually, can have an excellent accommodation and rest.
Mecca (/ˈmɛkə/) or Makkah (Arabic: مكة Makkah) is a city in the Hejaz in Saudi Arabia. It is the capital of that kingdom’s Makkah Region. The city is located 70 km (43 mi) inland from Jeddah in a narrow valley at a height of 277 m (909 ft) above sea level. Its resident population in 2012 was roughly 2 million, although visitors more than triple this number every year during the hajj (“pilgrimage”) period held in the twelfth Muslim lunar month of Dhu al-Hijjah.
Abraj Kudai is a hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia currently under construction and projected to open in 2017. When completed, it will be the largest hotel in the world consisting of a ring of 12 towers 45 stories high, with 10,150 bedrooms, 70 restaurants, and five rooftop helipads, royal floors, and a congress center. There will also be five levels for the sole use of the Saudi Royal family.
According to Arabian Business, 10 of the towers will provide four-star accommodations, while the other two towers will be reserved for special clientele offering five-star amenities and they will be separated from the rest of the buildings.
Within the hotel also has a bus station, shopping center, and parking on three levels. The designer of the project is the Dar Al Handasa.
Given that the area of the hotel is 1.4 million square meters, it is not a surprised cost of construction – estimated at an impressive $ 3.5 billion.
The London-based firm Areen Hospitality has been contracted to design the hotel and the rooms interiors.