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Old December 10th, 2008, 06:36 AM   #2381
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Hello, Did you come across this poster in singapore?
Hi, I took this pic more than two years ago, luckily it seems this plan is long forgotten :-)
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Old December 10th, 2008, 08:01 AM   #2382
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Actually, that render is from the beginning of the project when they were marketing Zamzam tower which is actually just one of the side towers; the first one they were building. They hadn't finished a design of the hotel tower, so they just put the placeholder with the flat top in so people interested in buying space in Zamzam could get a rough idea of the context of that tower. There was a big debate on this forum a year or two ago when someone first came across that render and wondered if the hotel tower had been downsized.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 04:01 PM   #2383
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Yes I'm afraid I'm the one who started the rumour with this pic, definitely not my most glorious contribution to SSC ;-)
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Old December 10th, 2008, 10:07 PM   #2384
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this is the final design :
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Old December 11th, 2008, 03:34 AM   #2385
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so, if this project will finish, will more may tourist visit that area for just shopping only...
by the way i dont understand whats the meaning of Abraj Al-Bait...??
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Old December 11th, 2008, 03:58 AM   #2386
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Muslims only are allowed in Macca.
With regard to your second question, Abraj is the plural of burj which means Tower in arabic (and persian).
Al Bait means the house .. it refers to the sacred mosque which is described as the house of Allah.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 09:43 AM   #2387
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well muslims can be tourists too?

muslim friends who have done the hajj have stayed up to a month afterwards just to enjoy the atmosphere so that gotta count like tourists then?
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Old December 11th, 2008, 01:40 PM   #2388
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i see... thx for information Captain Kimo..
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Old December 13th, 2008, 05:13 PM   #2389
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Abraj Al-Bait & the Holy Mosque's Expansion .

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you can see how crowded Makkah is
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Old December 13th, 2008, 05:37 PM   #2390
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You forgot to post this one:

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Old December 13th, 2008, 07:15 PM   #2391
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Wow! The main tower is definately taller than the towers next to it. Looking at the crowd, Abraj Al Bait will be very useful for people. Btw, for how they have been expanding Kaaba and are they going to build some parts on the open field next to Kaaba?
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Old December 13th, 2008, 08:04 PM   #2392
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Excuse me, but seeing the direction of the shadows in the photos posted by Al-Matrafi, I don't get how people can claim that the main tower is not going to throw its shadow on the Mosque and very possibly on the Kaaba itself...
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Old December 13th, 2008, 10:04 PM   #2393
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and whats wrong with that?

It is good that they got rid of all those ugly dirty towers all around the Kabaa.
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Old December 13th, 2008, 10:11 PM   #2394
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this thing is shaping up nicely
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Old December 13th, 2008, 11:48 PM   #2395
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and whats wrong with that?

It is good that they got rid of all those ugly dirty towers all around the Kabaa.
And everyone should know by now that people WANT the Shadows of these buildings.
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Old December 14th, 2008, 12:07 AM   #2396
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Wow! The main tower is definately taller than the towers next to it. Looking at the crowd, Abraj Al Bait will be very useful for people. Btw, for how they have been expanding Kaaba and are they going to build some parts on the open field next to Kaaba?
Yah, there's a thread on the Saudi forums showing the new expansion. Furthermore they might add floors to the existing structure as well. Its all quite exciting, let see what they are able to pull off. The Saudis certainly are not one to disappoint.
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Old December 14th, 2008, 07:21 AM   #2397
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And everyone should know by now that people WANT the Shadows of these buildings.
without a doubt...some months a heat is pretty unbearable...even though by some miracle (or maybe by design) the marble around the kaaba is kept quite cool...

In any case, I think people will welcome the shade from the sun.
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Old December 14th, 2008, 07:56 AM   #2398
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The marble flooring has cold water cooling running underneath it. Just the white marble itself isn't enough.
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Old December 14th, 2008, 12:18 PM   #2399
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no miracles or any chilled water under the marble.

It is a special marble has low thermal conductivity. IT never absorbs heat.

As far I know, it is from a mountain in spain or italy and it is veryyyyyyyyy expensive.
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Old December 14th, 2008, 12:27 PM   #2400
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Interesting design
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