Having just returned from stunning Dubai, the global hub of all things big and home to an amazing number of Guinness World records … amazingly, Dubai has been soundly beaten to the post in the construction of the world’s largest hotel by room count, by near neighbour Saudi Arabia.
According to CNN the Abraj Kudai complex in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca, [pictured] is set to become the world’s largest hotel by room count when it opens in 2017.
It will boast not only 10,000 rooms, but twelve towers with ten towers offering four-star accommodation and the remaining two, what is described as lavish opulence … and wait for this, five floors in the hotel, solely dedicated for use by the Saudi royal family.
There will also be 70 restaurants, helipads and a full-size convention centre, with all of this roofed under what will become one of the largest domes in the world, according to DesignMENA.
The complex, designed by architectural firm Dar Al-Handasah and costing a whacking $US3.5 billion, is currently under construction and according to Dar Al-Handasah’s website, will stretch across 1.4 million square meters, with the ring of twelve towers rising from a podium just over 2 kilometres from the Masjid al-Ḥaram, Mecca’s holy mosque.
Las Vegas [not Dubai!] is currently home to the world’s largest hotel in terms of the number of guest rooms, with the MGM Grand having a record 6,198 rooms, according to hotel industry research firm STR Inc., with the top five hotels in the world by room count, according to STR being:
- MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas: 6,198 rooms
- First World Hotel, Malaysia: 6,118 rooms
- Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas: 4,400 rooms
- Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas: 4,332 rooms
- The Venetian, Las Vegas: 4,049 rooms
Simply amazing, but hang on, imagine losing your room key, or forgetting your room number or even where your room is located, or even something normally relatively simple like where to have breakfast in a hotel of this size? Now, that gives some food for thought!
So, come on Dubai what are you waiting for? Get building!
Written by John Alwyn-Jones