Seeking to build 6,745-room hotel, casino, retail project

What recession? AFI Group, an Israel-based development company, said it will ask Clark County commissioners for permission to build the world’s biggest hotel in Las Vegas.

To be located on a 60-acre site along Harmon Avenue west of the Hard Rock Hotel, the proposed hotel will have 6,745 rooms, a casino and a retail complex. The hotel will beat by more than 600 rooms the current largest hotel, the 6,118-room World Hotel in Malaysia; and by more than 1,000 rooms the current biggest in Las Vegas, the 5,690-room MGM Grand.

Approval of the requested permits would give AFI two years to line up financing and to begin construction. AFI, which currently has commercial and residential properties in development throughout Europe, North America and Israel, is controlled by multibillionaire Lev Leviev, who made his fortune in the Israeli diamond market.