The holy city of Mecca will soon have the world’s biggest hotel, the Abraj Kudai.
According to The Guardian, the hotel will have 10,000 bedrooms and 70 restaurants, and will come up by 2017. It is expected to provide the highest level of luxury for both travellers and royalty of Saudi Arabia.
It will cost $3.6 billion. At 45 stories tall, the desert fortress-style hotel boasts 12 towers atop a 10-story podium, which contains a bus station, food courts, a shopping mall and an extravagant ballroom. The roofs will have four helipads.
The report states that five floors of the hotel will be reserved exclusively for the Saudi royal family.
The Abraj Kudai was funded by the Saudi Ministry of Finance and designed by the Dar al-Handasah group.
The Mecca Clock Royal Tower Hotel overlooking the Kaba. Emaar
Not all are happy, however.
“The city is turning into Mecca-hattan,” says Irfan Al-Alawi, director of the UK-based Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, an organisation that tries to save what little heritage is left in Saudi Arabia. All buildings related to the prophet has been bulldozed to pave way for hotels, lavatories, etc. And there is yet another humongous structure coming up that will eventually accommodate 100,000 people in 26 luxury hotels.