An essential guide to visiting the stunning Abraj Al Bait complex in Makkah, including its luxury hotels and shopping mall packed with exclusive stores.
The Abraj Al Bait complex is the most striking modern development in Makkah city center. Featuring the world’s largest clock faces, its tallest tower rises over 600 meters high and is visible from miles around.
The landmark complex houses the five-storey Abraj Al Bait Mall with around 4,000 shops, a museum of Islamic art and prayer rooms for up to 10,000 worshippers. Two viewing platforms offer sweeping views over Makkah.
A revolutionary building project
Opened in 2011, Abraj Al Bait is part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project. It is built on the ruins of the historic Ajyad Fortress and consists of seven Islamic-style towers.
The main entrance, King Abdul-Aziz Gate, is just south of the Grand Mosque. The towers are arranged with the lower ones in front, so as not to block the enchanting view of the Grand Mosque and the Kaaba.
Abraj Al Bait is one of the largest constructional developments in the world, covering an area of more than 1.4 million square meters. At just over 600 meters, it is the third tallest building in the world.
Introducing Abraj Al Bait hotels
The tallest tower is home to a luxury hotel, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont Hotel. Rising 76 stories over Makkah, it has spectacular views over the city. Other 5-star hotels in Makkah’s Abraj Al Bait complex include the Raffles Makkah Palace hotel, the Swissôtel Makkah hotel, the Swissôtel Al Maqam Makkah hotel and the Pullman Zamzam Makkah hotel. The hotels overlook the Grand Mosque, the Kaaba and the city center.
Guests staying in an Abraj Al Bait hotel are able to walk in and out easily, as there are enough podiums and elevators to allow 75,000 people to come and go for prayer without difficulty.
World-class shopping at Abraj Al Bait Mall
Abraj Al Bait contains one of the best shopping malls in Makkah. Spread over five levels, it contains around 4,000 shops and stores. You can find anything you need, from essential items to souvenirs and clothing from luxury brands. There is also a popular food court.
Other features you’ll love to discover
The Abraj Al Bait complex offers:
- Male and female prayer rooms for up to 10,000 worshippers
- Two viewing platforms offer sweeping views over Makkah
- A museum of Islamic art
- An observation center used for sighting the moon
- Residential apartments
- A parking garage with space for over 1,000 vehicles
Need help finding your way around?
If you are staying at one of the luxury Abraj Al Bait hotels, simply ask the concierge for directions or information about facilities and opening times.
Abraj Al Bait hotels have gorgeous views of the Kaaba
Discover world-class shopping in Abraj Al Bait Mall.