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Luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia to become world’s largest hotel

By Aidan Imanova | ArabianBusiness.COM | Original Source

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Abraj Kudai is to become the world’s largest hotel located in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and upon completion, will offer 10,000 rooms in 12 separate towers.

Designed by Dar Al Handasah, the project has a total built area of 1.4 million metre square and will be set in the Manafia area in Makkah’s central zone.

The $3.5 billion hospitality project is already on site and comprises of 12 towers with  a total of 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants, rooftop helipads, royal floors and a full size convention centre, all roofed under what will become one of the largest domes in the world.

The architecture is set to create an iconic landmark that will reflect a contemporary interpretation of a traditional desert fortress.

London-based design practice Areen Hospitality has been appointed to design the interior spaces, which will be complete with palatial luxury typical of the region.

Ten of the towers are intended to provide four-star accommodation while the remaining two will offer luxurious five-star amenities.

“We are honoured to be trusted with such a challenge. Designing hotel interiors on such a massive scale, with no operators yet in place, requires complex programming and design resourcing. At Areen Hospitality we allow for this and have the experience to respond to such a challenge, without ever losing the creative essence needed to welcome and surprise the guests expected at Abraj Kudai,” said Andrew Lindwood, head of design at Areen Hospitality.

Abraj Kudai is expected to be completed in 2017.

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Saudi Arabia is set to become home to the largest hotel in the world with a whopping 10,000 rooms.

To be built just two kilometers away from the site of Mecca, which attracts about two million Muslim pilgrims a year for the annual Hajj, the $3.5 billion Abraj Kudai will become the world’s largest hotel when it opens in 2017, reports Arabian Business.

Once complete, the mixed-use development project will span 1.4 million square meters and feature a hotel that can fit the population of a small town, shopping mall, full-size convention center, rooftop helipads, food court and bus station.

Twelve towers will make up the building with certain spaces geared to accommodate Hajj visitors, house prayer halls and dining spaces.

Renderings reveal a series of monolithic towers encircling a main domed tower, designed to hearken a traditional desert fortress.

According to Arabian Business, 10 towers will provide four-star accommodations, while two will be reserved for their most well-heeled clientele offering five-star amenities.

London-based firm Areen Hospitality has been tapped to design the rooms and hotel interior.