Saudi Arabia will be home to world's largest hotel
The mega hotel will have 70 restaurants and three helipads
Once completed, the Abraj Dubai in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, will be the world's largest hotel, with 10,000 rooms and 12 separate towers.
Designed by Dar Al Handasah, the project has a total built area of 1.4 million metre square and will be set in the Manafia area in Makkah's central zone.
The $3.5 billion hospitality project is already on site and comprises of 12 towers with a total of 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants, rooftop helipads, royal floors and a full size convention centre, all roofed under what will become one of the largest domes in the world.
London-based design practice Areen Hospitality has been appointed to design the interior spaces, which will be complete with palatial luxury typical of the region.
Ten of the towers are intended to provide four-star accommodation while the remaining two will offer luxurious five-star amenities.
"We are honoured to be trusted with such a challenge. Designing hotel interiors on such a massive scale, with no operators yet in place, requires complex programming and design resourcing. At Areen Hospitality we allow for this and have the experience to respond to such a challenge, without ever losing the creative essence needed to welcome and surprise the guests expected at Abraj Kudai," said Andrew Lindwood, head of design at Areen Hospitality.
Abraj Kudai is expected to be completed in 2017.The architecture is set to create an iconic landmark that will reflect a contemporary interpretation of a traditional desert fortress.