Wijaya Karya (Wika), the Indonesian government controlled construction company, has drawn up plans for a seven-tower hotel complex in Makkah, Saudi Arabia worth an estimated $1.1bn, it has been reported.
The proposed site will reportedly be situated near the city’s Grand Mosque, with each tower costing SR588m ($157m) and accommodating up to 1,000 rooms, according to the Jakarta Globe.
The Indonesian daily quoted Wika corporate secretary Natal Argawan as saying: “We are currently studying the extent of the project in Saudi Arabia and our operational team already visited the proposed construction site.”
Wika operational director Destiawan Soewardjono is also reported to have said that work to find a Saudi partner for the construction of the hotel is already underway, with potential companies set to travel to Indonesia soon to review the local company’s construction methods and standards.
The holy city of Makkah is currently seeing huge construction of hotels after international operators look to cash in on the multi-billion dollar religious tourism industry.