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The Abraj Kudai Hotel in Mecca, Saudi-Arabia

Hotels are becoming ever larger – The world’s biggest hotel with 10,000 rooms is built in Mecca

Hamburg, Germany – 17th of August, 2016 – The next record-breaking hotel is built in Mecca: The Abraj Kudai in the Saudi Arabian capital will have about 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants, 5 landing sites for helicopters in 12 towers with 45 levels. The opening is planned next year. According totophotelprojects.com there are currently 252 new large-scale hotels under construction with more than 500 rooms each.

Abraj Kudai Towers in Mekka

Those are currently the biggest hotels under construction:
Abraj Kudai – Mecca/Saudi-Arabia – 10,000 rooms – opening 2017
Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort – Australia – 7,500 rooms – opening 2019
Resort World – Las Vegas/USA – 6,583 rooms – opening 2019
Bawadi Project – Dubai/UAE – 6,500 rooms – Baufortschritt unklar
Pearl Hotels – Dubrovnik/Croatia – 5.,00 rooms – opening 2020

Previous record holder in the hotel industry (measured in number of rooms):
First World Hotel, Genting Highlands/Malaysia – 7,351 rooms
The Venetian/The Palazzo, Las Vegas/USA – 7,117 rooms
MGM Grand/The Signature, Las Vegas/USA – 6,852 rooms
CityCenter, Las Vegas/USA – 6,790 rooms
Sands Cotai Central, Macau/China – 6,000 rooms

The world’s largest Holiday Inn announced for Makkah pilgrims

Makkah, Saudi Arabia – 27 August 2013 – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Makkah Real Estate Company have signed an agreement to build the world’s largest Holiday Inn, the 1,238-room Holiday Inn Makkah, due to open in Saudi Arabia in 2016.

Holiday Inn - Logo

This landmark agreement responds to the boom in religious tourism to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Over 3 million pilgrims participated in Hajj in 2012, up eight percent on the previous year, and more than half of all inbound tourists to Saudi Arabia travel to the religious cities of Makkah and Medinah throughout the year. The total number of tourists travelling to Saudi Arabia is expected to continue its growth trajectory to reach 15.8 million by 2014, up from c.13 million in 2010.

This will be the first Holiday Inn on the Pilgrimage route and will be located in Al Aziziyah area near the city’s business centre.  Its 1,238 rooms will be built in two towers and house three food and beverage outlets including an all day dining restaurant and two coffee shops. Facilities include a ballroom, health club and pool.

Hani Hamad Al Ghammas, Chief Executive Officer, Makkah Real Estate Company commented: “We are pleased to be announcing this new agreement with IHG.  The Holiday Inn brand is all about great value and providing both comfort and quality.  We are confident that this formula, which has been hugely successful elsewhere in Saudi Arabia, will be the ideal offering for religious travellers bound for Makkah each year.”

Located on the intersection of Masjid Ash Shaikh Baz and Al Masjid Al Haram Road, the new Holiday Inn will be 3.5km from the Haram, 3.5 kilometres from Mina, 1km from Jamarat, 6.4km from Mouzdalifah and 14.5km from Mount Arafat.

Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG said: “Millions of people travel from all over the world to make the pilgrimage to Makkah. Our Holiday Inn brand is one of the world’s most well-known brands so visitors from all corners of the global can book with us knowing they will get a consistent experience and level of comfort. On arrival guests can focus on their pilgrimage – a once in a lifetime experience.”

Currently the world’s largest Holiday Inn is the 1,224 room Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central situated in Macao, Greater China.

IHG in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – facts and figures:

  • IHG opened Saudi Arabia’s first international hotel in 1975
  • IHG is the largest international hotel company in Saudi Arabia, with 24 hotels and 5,880 rooms
  • IHG is due to grow in Saudi Arabia by 50% over the next 3-5 years, with seven new hotels taking its total inventory from 5,880 to 7,765 rooms