Mecca, Saudi Arabia will soon be the home of the biggest hotel the world has ever seen.
The Abraj Kudai hotel will be 45 stories high. It will have 70 restaurants, a shopping mall, a bus station, a helipad.
The desert fortress-style hotel designed by the Dar al-Handasah group will be a total of 10,000 rooms. Five of the floors will reportedly be off-limits, as it would be reserved for members and guests of the Saudi royal family.
The cost? A whopping $3.6 billion. This project is being funded by Abraj Kudai.
Some are not too happy with the announcement. Irfan Al-Alawi, director of the UK-based Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, said that the city is turning int “Meca-hattan.”
“Everything has been swept away to make way for the incessant march of luxury hotels, which are destroying the sanctity of the place and pricing normal pilgrims out,” he adds.
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