Twelve towers, 10,000 rooms and 70 restaurants, plus helipads and a full-size convention center: That's the plan for Abraj Kudai, a complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that's set to become the world's largest luxury hotel by room count 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.
A ring of 12 towers will rise from a podium just over 2 kilometers from the Masjid al-Ḥaram, Mecca's holy mosque, according to Dar Al-Handasah's website.
The towers will house 10,000 hotel rooms, according to Design MENA.
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
The MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas has the most rooms in the world: 6,198 in the 30- storey building, according to hotel industry research firm- STR Inc.
2. First World Hotel, Malaysia
The First World Hotel in Malaysia is the only hotel in the top five that's not in Las Vegas. It has 6,118 rooms and overlooks a theme park ans a Statue of Liberty replica.
3. Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas
The Luxor Hotel, an Egyptian- themed casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip, has 4,400 rooms, making it the third- largest in the world.
4. Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas
The Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas is the fourth- largest hotel, with 4,332 rooms (and an aquarium too).
5. The Venetian, Las Vegas
The Venetian in Las Vegas has 4,049 rooms, making it the fifth- largest in the world. As part of its Venice, Italy, theme, the resort hosts Gondola rides.
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