Makkah prepared to open the world’s largest hotel, “Abraj Kudai”, which will feature 10,000 rooms and upwards 70 restaurants. That’s more dining options than many towns have.
As part of the huge projects to raise the capacity of the holy city. The hotel is an integrated city that meets the aspirations of the pilgrims and is designed as a desert fort to match Saudi tradition. The architecture of towers, cornices and colors (yellow, gold & green) reflects the Arabic style and the Islamic style, while the Andalusian dome appears at the top of the larger tower.
The $ 3.5 billion “Abraj Kudai” Hotel, scheduled to open in 2017, is an integrated city providing excellent services for an important sector of Makkah’s Hajj or Umrah destinations. The hotel consists of 12 towers, 4 helipads, shopping centers and a conference center. Not far from the south of Al-Haram Al-Makki. It is funded by the Saudi Ministry of Finance. 10 of the hotel’s four-star towers, a five-star tower and five floors of the Saudi royal family will have 10 floors, while the other two towers will have 45 floors. The lower floors will include commercial areas such as conference centers and shopping centers and parking with a capacity of 3,000 cars, and a bus station transporting residents all over the city, especially to the Makkah Mosque, which is 2 km from the hotel.
“Areen Hospitality” won the interior design of the hotel and will be designed as a traditional desert castle.
According to the hotel and hospitality research firm “STR”, the KDE Hotel will offer competitors ground and a large difference in terms of number of rooms, considering that the current number MGM Hotel in Las Vegas in America and the number of rooms in 6,198 rooms.
This coincides with the project to increase the capacity of the Holy Mosque from three million to seven million worshipers, through a plan to extend to 2040 at a total cost of more than 60 billion dollars. The new hotel will add to Makkah’s mega development plan, which includes a plan to build a hotel complex in Jabal Omar to host 100,000 people in 26 luxury hotels, 4,000 stores and 500 restaurants.
Mecca receives about two million pilgrims a year and more than 20 million pilgrims, providing an income of about $ 9 billion a year. The Kingdom is looking to develop religious tourism and accommodate more than 20 million visitors to Mecca every year to perform Umrah and participate in conferences and weddings, which generates billions of dollars annually in the city. The city is not only expanding in terms of buildings and hotels, but also expanding the Holy Mosque to accommodate a number of worshipers ranging from 3 to 7 million in 2040.