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Old August 20th, 2008, 12:39 PM   #2041
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i see them too, no problem here
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Old August 20th, 2008, 01:15 PM   #2042
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Enormous and monstruous. But anyway impressive!!! But none of us "infidels" will ever see this one in reality since we are not allowed to access Mecca. At least from what I have read once!
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Old August 30th, 2008, 12:54 PM   #2043
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Old August 30th, 2008, 01:07 PM   #2044
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Old August 30th, 2008, 03:29 PM   #2045
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Old August 30th, 2008, 08:42 PM   #2046
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Reminds me of the gigantic buildings they used to build in the USSR. Disgusting, totalitarian propaganda. And when I first saw the rendering i thought: this tower doesn't seem to be 600m tall! And i'm still not convinced!
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Old August 30th, 2008, 09:11 PM   #2047
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Looks like they will be able to charge a lot of money for a "room with a view".
You could look right into the Holy Mosque.
(sorry for my lack of knowledge for the proper name of it)

Too many people are commenting about the location of this
skyscraper instead of about the building itself.
I agree it is too close to the religious buildings, but this is an incredible,
massive building that the people of Mecca should be proud of.
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Old August 30th, 2008, 10:31 PM   #2048
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Great new pictures, thanks!
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Old August 30th, 2008, 10:42 PM   #2049
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Reminds me of the gigantic buildings they used to build in the USSR. Disgusting, totalitarian propaganda. And when I first saw the rendering i thought: this tower doesn't seem to be 600m tall! And i'm still not convinced!
I think you're mistaken. The monster is going to be 600 meters tall, and that's exactly the issue here. Nothing like the elegance of Moscow's Seven sisters, plus the thing is totally, outrageously out of place here.
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Old August 30th, 2008, 10:54 PM   #2050
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i dont like it also it's doesnt look 509m???
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Old August 31st, 2008, 05:43 AM   #2051
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New, never-before-seen Views from the Top! (I took these photos in June, 2008)

In case you're not yet convinced of the huge scale of this project, please scroll down. Remember: these images were taken from the "short towers".
If you have any questions or comments please post them on this thread. Enjoy!

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The Masjid Al Haram (Grand Mosque) at 1:46 AM. The Tawaf (circumambulation of the Kaabah) takes place 24/7. This is one of the few buildings on Earth that has been open to the public for literally hundreds of years without interruption.
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Old August 31st, 2008, 06:02 AM   #2052
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Great shots - helps show the scale of all this.

Interesting looking hood.
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Old August 31st, 2008, 11:10 AM   #2053
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love it!!!! mecca is turning in to a really modern city! wish i could go there some day!
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Old August 31st, 2008, 03:07 PM   #2054
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amazing pics there,it really shows the huge scale of this project.
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Old August 31st, 2008, 03:12 PM   #2055
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man..this is so fantastic Thanks a lot for your contribution
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Old August 31st, 2008, 03:27 PM   #2056
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What's the construction taking place on the right of this picture? It all looks slightly unsympathetic to the main prayer buildings (sorry don't know the name/s). What did they demolish to build this? The hotel is only impressive in its scale, was there a massive demand for hotel rooms in Mecca (hence why this hotel is being constructed)?

To me it looks as if they are turning this place into a theme park in order to earn millions off tourists / pilgrims. Surely this is a very 'western' idea and as such i find it hard to understand how they let this hotel complex be built in the first place.

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Old August 31st, 2008, 09:40 PM   #2057
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What's the construction taking place on the right of this picture? It all looks slightly unsympathetic to the main prayer buildings (sorry don't know the name/s). What did they demolish to build this? The hotel is only impressive in its scale, was there a massive demand for hotel rooms in Mecca (hence why this hotel is being constructed)?

To me it looks as if they are turning this place into a theme park in order to earn millions off tourists / pilgrims. Surely this is a very 'western' idea and as such i find it hard to understand how they let this hotel complex be built in the first place.
Its called Massa. They are increasing its width. As you can see they have built the new one, they have demolished the old massa and now they are rebuilding it so its width will be doubled. The have increased the floors of Massa from 3 to 4 floors
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Old August 31st, 2008, 10:27 PM   #2058
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This building gives the word massive a whole new meaning.
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Old September 1st, 2008, 09:50 AM   #2059
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To me it looks as if they are turning this place into a theme park in order to earn millions off tourists / pilgrims. Surely this is a very 'western' idea and as such i find it hard to understand how they let this hotel complex be built in the first place.
The project is Waqf, which means the profit of these buildings will go solely to the repair/maintenance of the Holy mosque. The demand is expect to skyrocket as muslims living in developed nations will have the funds to visit the holy city often, along with muslims from other swelling nations.

by the way Muslims are allowed to trade/sell and conduct in commerce from visitors of Hajj. Although during Hajj Muslims are obliged to spend their time there modestly so it is open to intrepretation what constitutes as modest in today's terms.

Ofcourse there is huge demand, city of Makkah is one of the most expensive per square foot.

As for the project yes its close to the grand mosque, but it doesn't make sense if everything around the grand mosque was empty or devoid of development either. To me replacing old deteriorating infrastructure for new infrastructure is the right way to go.
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amazing pics skyscraperologist, ty
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