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Friday, May 22, 2015

Makkah Royal Clock Tower - I've seen it with my one eyes!

Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, completed 2012
601 m/ 1,972 ft/ 120 floors
Developer: Saudi Bin Laden Group
Architect of the hotel: Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners)
Architect and Structural Engineer of the Clock Tower: SL Rasch
G.F.A: 5.0 million sq ft

Great height is generally motivated by a desire for attention, but the building that is currently the third tallest on the planet is little known outside the Muslim world. As part of the King Abdullah Al Saud Endowment for the expansion of the Two Holy Mosques, the Makkah Clock Tower is the centerpiece of the Abraj Al Bait Complex of seven luxury hotels, including the Fairmont Hotel, housed within the tower that rises 601 meters to the tip of the crescent spire, and overlooks the Holy Mosque for Muslims performing Umrah and Hajj.

When you drive into Mecca, this clock tower is what you get set see first.

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