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makkah

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The numbers of Jabal Omar Development
Company's (JODC) project speak for
themselves: a $6.5 billion development set on
57 mountainous acres surrounding Makkah's
Grand Holy Mosque-the holiest site in
Islam-comprised of 21.5 million square feet
of mixed-use space, including 24 hotels within
37 towers (for a total of 11,790 keys across more
than 10 hotel brands), two million square feet
of commercial and retail space, 14 million
square feet of grand prayer halls, and some 75
F&B outlets, all being built by 16,000 workers
from various nations, 20 hours a day, in order
to accommodate the millions of worshippers
who descend on the holy city each year. It's an
undertaking like no other-in fact it's the largest
hotel construction project in the world.
"The JODC project is part of the 'Makkah
towards the first world' campaign initiated by
Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, Emir
of Makkah Province," explains Yasin Abdullah,
vice president project development, Wilson
Associates, which is designing 19 of the hotels as
one of the five U.S.-based firms selected for this

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1. A rendering of the
Makkah development
by the Jabal Omar
Development Company,
which includes 24 hotels
within 37 towers.

2. In the lobby of the
Hilton Convention
Hotel there is marble
flooring, a backlit
quartz reception desk,
and a custom crystal
chandelier.

massive endeavor-others are Leo A Daly, HBA,
ForrestPerkins, and RTKL (masterplanning
for the entire complex was done by Ateliers
Lion Architects Urbanistes). "About twenty
years ago, Sheikh Abdulrahman Bin Abdul
Qadir Faqih, chairman of the JODC, outlined
his grand vision: to improve the pilgrimage
experience for those making the journey for
holy Hajj and Umrah from around the world.
He also set out to improve the socio-economic
conditions of local residents. This development
will accommodate nearly 45,000 residents and
150,000 worshippers during the high period."
Adds Moataz Baha, design director and
technical advisor to the chairman of the board
for JODC: "We are building a small city. The
project has its own cooling station, waste

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