Saudi Arabia to become the ‘Mecca’ of hotels

Richard Carr is always on the lookout for interesting hotel developments and the latest news making the headlines regards the world’s largest hotel, which is to be built in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

10,000 rooms and a helicopter bad

In his hometown of Poole, Richard Carr has been responsible for a number of hotel developments in the area. Examples of which are featured on his website.

Richard Carr Abraj Kudai image

The Abraj Kudai is set to become the world’s largest hotel

However, he has never gained planning for one which included a helicopter pad!

The 10,000 room hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is part of a mixed-use development at Abraj Kudai costing in excess of £2b. The project is designed to look like a desert fortress, which encompasses a ring of towers standing on top of a podium.

44 storeys high

The 10,000 room will be located in 12 separate towers or 44 storey height. The complex will also include a rooftop helipad, 70 restaurants, royal floors and a full size convention centre.

Interestingly, two of the towers will provide five star facilities, with the other ten at four star level. The site will also include residential facilities, a shopping mall and ample parking.

“Due to its unparalleled size, height as well as distinguished location, exposure and architectural style, the building appears as a striking landmark with a profoundly modern multifunctional identity relating to both the Saudi locality and the Islamic universality of its expected users, “said architects Dar Al-Handasah.

The Abraj Kudai isn’t the only new hotel being built in Mecca, world-wide hotel brand Hilton is currently developing the Conrad Makkah which is due to open before the Kudai.

World’s largest hotels

Currently, the world’s largest hotels are location in Las Vegas, America. The Venetian and The Palazzo offer a combined total of 7, 177 hotels. The MGM in Las Vegas follows closely with 6,852 rooms available.

Richard Carr believes that it’s an interesting development and an exciting new angle for the Kingdom.  He suspects that they are eyeing up what has been achieved in the UAE and going to emulate it.

However, he thinks there would need to be some change in the regions “Geo Political” posture before I went there!