The Abraj Al-Bait (Translated as “The Towers of the House” is a government-owned megatall complex of seven skyscraper hotels in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. These towers are a part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that strives to modernise the city in catering to its pilgrims.
The 120 story Abraj Al Bait is the most expensive skyscraper in the world. The building costs US$15 billion for the construction. It is located in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Abraj Al Bait situated near largest and holiest Masjid al-Haram mosque. The hotel spanning a floor area of 1500000 square meters and can accommodate 100000 people.
The hotel is known to attract pilgrims who come to Mecca to conduct Hajj. This Saudi Arabian government-owned luxury hotel was designed by Lebanon based Dar Al-Handasah architectural group and was officially opened in 2012.
According to its website, the tower boasts a prime location as the closest hotel to Kaaba and regarded as the best for Umrah and Hajj. Standing as one of the world’s tallest buildings with 76 floors, Makkah Clock Royal Tower, the focal point of the Abraj Al Bait Complex and part of the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project, is the iconic symbol of hospitality in the Holy City.
1542 guest rooms suites and residences are contained within the five-star hotel which provides 56 elevators that allow easy access to and from Al Masjid Al Haram. Combining luxurious design with the warm tradition of genuine Arab hospitality, the nine state-of-the-art dining venues are perfect for accommodating a wide range of social events and intimate gatherings.
It is the tallest and largest clock in the world. The hotel also features six residential towers, a prayer hall that has a capacity of 3800 persons, a convention center, a five-story shopping mall and two heliports.