World’s biggest hotel set to open in KSA next year

Gary Wright: [] (January 18, 2016)

undefinedDetails have been revealed of the world’s biggest hotel, which is set to open in Saudi Arabia next year, with a claimed 10,000 hotel rooms, according to reports. No details of operators have been revealed.

The $3.5 billion hospitality project is just 2.2km from the Grand Mosque in Makkah, home to the Kabah and the holiest place in the world for Muslims, which attracts millions of pilgrims each year.

It comprises 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 massive hotel complex is designed by Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) which has a track record of high profile buildings working on projects with a total investment of $290 billion.

The giant hotel is only part of the Abraj Kudai mixed-used development in the Manafia area in Makkah’s central zone. The size will bring another huge building to the area, which is already dominated by The Clock Tower – the Abraj Al Bait, the world’s second tallest building, which dwarfs the Grand Mosque.

Bordered by Ajyad Street from the east, Kudai and Birka tunnels from the west and Prince Meteb land from the north, Abraj Kudai is accessible from two main roads from the east and west as well as a private road from the north. The site is surrounded by private buildings and properties from both the east and the west.

With a total site area of approximately 60,000 sq m and total built-up area of around 1.4 million sqm, the project is a residential and commercial complex that consists of a large podium topped by 12 towers accommodating several elements such as a podium housing a bus station, a shopping mall, restaurants and food courts, a convention center and car parks.

The five star towers offer all related services for the visitors of the Holy Kaaba. Lower levels close to the Holy Haram area are used as commercial venues, thus ensuring immediate and easy access for the Haram visitors. The development is designed to accommodate adequate car parks on top of the commercial zones located at the base levels. Placing the parking floors in such a location is due to underground site constraints, mainly the Zamzam water table level.