The Abraj Kudai hotel and residential complex planned for Mecca.
(photo credit: DAR AL-HANDASAH)
Saudi Arabia plans on building the world’s largest hotel by room count in the world in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca.
The new complex is aimed at accommodating the large crowds of Muslim pilgrims who descend on Mecca to visit the holy sites.
According to the architectural design firm Dar Al-Handasah, the new 1.4 million-square-meter hotel is slated to boast 12 towers containing 10,000 rooms and 70 restaurants. It will also offer helipads on its rooftops as well as a large convention center.
It is scheduled to open its doors in 2017.
The estimated cost of the mammoth project is $3.5 billion.
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