By Aidan Imanova
Abraj Kudai in Makkah will offer a total of 10,000 rooms in 12 separate towers; slated for completion in 2017
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.
'Royal floors' in Mecca. I thought Hajj is an example of how rich and poor had no difference in front of God. It seems we are hell bound on turning it into cash cow....
The pictures are nice, but it isn't going to stay this neat and clean for long. Anyway, this will be a good addition complementing the expansion of the Grand Mosque capacity. Hopefully, the prices will be reasonable, instead of only for the top-tier hajjis.
I think it great addition to nearby of Grand - Mosque, where millions of people visit through out the year specially , during hajj time , if this would be kind of welfare hotel which helps the people around the world, will be great , I am not saying to just make it free, but the should set up prices in such away that everyone can afford it easily