The World’s Largest Hotel Is Being Built in Mecca

World's largest hotel planned for Saudi Arabia
With 10,000 rooms this hotel is said to be the biggest in the world


Each year millions from around the world make the pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad and the holiest city in Islam. And soon a hotel of massive proportions will be constructed to house many of them.

Designed by consulting firm Dar Al-Handasah, the reportedly 10,000-room Abraj Kudai will be the largest in the world by room count-far surpassing the current title holder, the 6,198-room MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The $3.5 billion hotel will be built in the Manafia area of Mecca’s central zone. In addition to the hotel, the 645,830-square-foot complex includes a shopping mall, restaurants, helipads, a bus station, and a convention center.

The Abraj Kudai is just one project in a slew of modern constructions in Mecca.

With such rapid expansion, some worry about the preservation of city’s historical architecture. For instance, in 2002, the 18th-century Ajyad Fortress was demolished to make way for the Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel, a 1,972-foot behemoth.

Despite concern, construction continues in Mecca-the Abraj Kudai is scheduled to open in 2017.