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World’s biggest hotel to open in Mecca (Photo)

Abraj Kudai
Abraj Kudai Hotel

Twelve towers, 10,000 rooms and 70 restaurants, plus helipads and a full-size convention center: That’s the plan for Abraj Kudai, a complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that’s set to become the world’s largest hotel by room count when it opens in 2017.

Designed by architectural firm Dar Al-Handasah, the $3.5 billion site is currently under construction and will stretch across 1.4 million square meters.

A ring of 12 towers will rise from a podium just over 2 kilometers from the Masjid al-Ḥaram, Mecca’s holy mosque, according to Dar Al-Handasah’s website.

The towers will house 10,000 hotel rooms, according to DesignMENA.

Currently, Las Vegas is home to the world’s largest hotel in terms of the number of guest rooms.

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The MGM Grand has a record 6,198 rooms, according to hotel industry research firm STR Inc.

Here are the top five hotels in the world by room count, according to STR:

1. MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas: 6,198 rooms

2. First World Hotel, Malaysia: 6,118 rooms

3. Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas: 4,400 rooms

4. Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas: 4,332 rooms

5. The Venetian, Las Vegas: 4,049 rooms

Source: CNN

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