The current record for the world’s largest hotel is held by the First World Hotel in the Genting Highlands, Malaysia with their 7,351 rooms, followed by The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas, USA with 7,117 rooms. That number of rooms might seem to be just few with the coming of the new record holder.
AbrajKudia in Saudi Arabia is set to snatch the title away for the world’s largest hotel with its 10,000 rooms spanning up to 1.4 million square meters in total. The $3.5 billion hotel will also boast of one of the world’s largest domes atop its tallest tower. The AbrajKudai in Makkah is situated around the corner from the Masjid Al Haram, the world’s largest mosque.
The luxurious hotel, standing at 45 storeys tall, will house 70 restaurants, a convention center, helipads and prayer areas. The fortress-style hotel features 12 towers atop a 10-storey podium, which will have a bus station, food courts, a shopping mall and an extravagant ballroom. However, not all floors will be open for visitors as five floors will be exclusive to the Saudi royal family.
The colossal hotel will possess a modern multifunctional identity that connects the Saudi locality and the Islamic universality of its expected users, according to architectural experts.
Dar Al Handasah group designed the Abraj Kudai with London-based Areen Hospitality Group on the interiors. It is being funded by the Saudi Ministry of Finance. The new world’s largest hotel is now under construction with its opening set next year.
Credits: Khaleej Times