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Old February 17th, 2009, 05:30 AM   #2661
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why? because it didn't have the writing at the top?
no , I thought the old one didn't have the clock at all ! but i was wrong .
still , the new one is much better good job .
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Old February 17th, 2009, 12:26 PM   #2662
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Is that going to be the biggest clockface in the world?
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Old February 17th, 2009, 09:30 PM   #2663
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Probably yes. I estimated that the diameter of the clock face on Abraj Al-Bait is 42 meters. Currently Cevahir Mall in Istanbul seems to have the biggest one with a diameter of 36 meters.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 12:09 AM   #2664
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I'd guess around 90m... this project must have bigger proportions than anything, and construction speed is okay IMO.

Now, as the Royal Hotel has overtaken the rest and is about to be supertall, the most thrilling times begin here. And the side averted to the Holy Mosque is the best place for good construction pics... so thanks a lot for your update from there (and from the top), DreaM1981!

Btw. good to see no major damages left on Hajar Tower by the fire of 20-Nov-2008.
the width of main tower is no more then 75m. the diagram on ssp is wrong, but there are many that are wrong.
current height is approx 300m.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #2665
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I think there is some mistake in this article:

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• The towers include:

- 6 residential towers (27-33F) 302,000m² 864 units.
- 60F 5* 2,000 key hotel.
- convention centre for 1,500 persons.
- prayer hall for 3,800 persons.
- 4 story parking for 780 cars and 10 busses.
- 2 heliports.
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10 Busses??! This is 600 people?! Considering the amount of pilgrims visiting the kabaa each hajj this is a little undersized?
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Old February 18th, 2009, 05:42 PM   #2666
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Hehe, that detail caught my eye too, funny somehow.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 05:03 PM   #2667
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Photos from my latest Omra trip to Makkah between 21-24, February, 2009...



















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Old February 25th, 2009, 09:55 PM   #2668
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A hideous-looking tower. At the very least, it should complement the mosque; it shouldn't be drawing attention away from it. In any event, it's a hideous looking tower.

And just as an aside....

Frankly, I think a lot of the towers that are being thrown together in the Khaleej countries are rather cheap-looking and boring. I think to build one awesome super-tall here and there would make sense, but it's like every city is trying to outdo New York or Hong Kong and I think they're going to come up short. Besides, my own opinion is that a city is only as good as its people, as its culture, as its ambiance....building a few 500m towers in the middle of the desert, neither enriches the culture or the ambiance nor the quality of life in a city. Actually, I think that in places like Dubai, the proliferation of skyscrapers hurts the city since: a) the city doesn't appear to have any street life as it is (or very little to speak of) and b) it compartamentalizes the city (which is still an embryonic/developmental stage), drawing people away from public spaces (e.g., the street) and isolating them into these tall, separated mini-communities.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #2669
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Strange, but amazing!!
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Old February 25th, 2009, 10:58 PM   #2670
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It's interesting the way the towers in this area grow towards the middle, i.e. the tallest tower in the centre as in the picture. Is there any cultural reason for this or is it just a design feature of the developments?
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Old February 25th, 2009, 11:52 PM   #2671
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it looks like it reached the height of 310 m "it's about 15 floors over the Hajer tower which is 235 m as I remember...am I right??
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Old February 26th, 2009, 01:20 AM   #2672
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** Marwa's Tent (completed):

These tents indeed look beautiful. Wow.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 05:37 AM   #2673
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Astounding update! Thanks so much.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 07:42 AM   #2674
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I think there is some mistake in this article:

[...]
• The towers include:

- 6 residential towers (27-33F) 302,000m² 864 units.
- 60F 5* 2,000 key hotel.
- convention centre for 1,500 persons.
- prayer hall for 3,800 persons.
- 4 story parking for 780 cars and 10 busses.
- 2 heliports.
[...]

10 Busses??! This is 600 people?! Considering the amount of pilgrims visiting the kabaa each hajj this is a little undersized?
well 10 buses, is better than what is there now (im assuming that there was nothing there before), alot of this project is to provide a place for people to sleep, so im pretty sure the busses are not there to stay over night, also im sure that there will be drop off points for passengers.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 08:10 AM   #2675
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the picture its fantastic.....cant wait to see all project finish...
it will change panorama of Mecca in the future....
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Old February 26th, 2009, 10:23 PM   #2676
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never liked the design before, but after seeing the pics I think it works, it's like a giant series of cliffs. This is one of the few buildings where scale actually lends to it, and a spiky -odd angle design would have dated very much in the future.

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Old February 27th, 2009, 06:18 AM   #2677
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hey and why they are building this skyscraper
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Old February 27th, 2009, 07:13 AM   #2678
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Thank you thamerium for the updates.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 04:48 PM   #2679
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Old February 27th, 2009, 04:57 PM   #2680
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A remarkable achievement thus far. This will look amazing when completed and photos do no justice to the sheer size when seen for real.
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