Saudi Arabia is set to become home to world’s largest hotel with a whopping 10,000 rooms. To be built just two kilometers away from the site of Mecca, which attracts two million Muslim pilgrims a year for the annual Hajj, the $3.5 billion Abraj Kudai will become the world’s largest hotel 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.
Once complete, the mixed-use development project will span 1.4 million square meters and feature a hotel that can fit the population of a small town, shopping mall, full-size convention center, rooftop helipads, food court and bus station.
Twelve towers will make up the building with certain spaces geared to accommodate Hajj visitors, house prayer halls and dining spaces.
Ten towers will provide four-star accommodations, while two will be reserved for their most well-heeled clientele offering five-star amenities.
Currently, Las Vegas is home to the world's largest hotel in terms of the number of guest rooms.
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