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Old September 8th, 2010, 01:57 AM   #5461
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i think the thread should be renamed:

MECCA | Abraj Al-Bait Endowment | 601m | 1972ft | 95 fl | U/C

it will save alot of trouble, most of the money the saudi government profits from the pilgrimage NEVER goes to the treasury, it all goes to the maintenance of the 2 holy mosques including the Endowment tower (abraj al bait). Makkah is a cheap city (no taxes in whole saudi), hotel room prices are high this month because alot of hotels were demolished due to the expansion and development projects around the mosque.

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Old September 8th, 2010, 02:56 AM   #5462
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It has nothing to do with power or symbolism, it's just pure logistic
I don't think you can say it has NOTHING to do with symbolism. If that were the case, and functionalism was the only purpose of this tower, why wouldn't architects just design it as a 600 meter box with no detailing/clock? It would save money, and would probably be completed earlier. I definately think there was some desire to have an iconic structure in such an important religious city.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:26 AM   #5463
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I love Abraj Albait world's tallest clock\second tallest building and many more new world records lol really awesome building <3
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Old September 8th, 2010, 01:37 PM   #5464
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Please change thread name to:

MECCA | Abraj Al-Bait Endowment | 601m | 1972ft | 95 fl | U/C

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Old September 8th, 2010, 02:26 PM   #5465
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3 Million in one place, amazing.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #5466
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I can't imagine the smell of feet. 3 million people at the same place in such a hot place...
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Old September 8th, 2010, 02:44 PM   #5467
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^ you should read about the air-conditioning technology in the mosque before you say that. each column has one from the bottom. plus ppl there go to pray, they dont do what ppl in the west do when they gather by huge numbers... (no offence)

i went there a few times. the weather is perfect, specially the cold breeze at night (in side the open space mosque)
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Old September 8th, 2010, 03:41 PM   #5468
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I can't believe they are building something so massive in such a religious area... what is this tower going to bring? it looks disproportionate and ridiculous !
I am a Muslim who has been to Mecca when the tower wasnt there and i totally agree it has ruined the whole scenario around the Grand Mosque. Its monstruous, ugly and doesnt fit in. Period.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #5469
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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:11 PM   #5470
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^ you should read about the air-conditioning technology in the mosque before you say that. each column has one from the bottom. plus ppl there go to pray, they dont do what ppl in the west do when they gather by huge numbers... (no offence)
Most people are already familiarized with the mentality that only the s**t of people from the West stinks, but never that of Muslims. No need to further point it out.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #5471
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I can't imagine the smell of feet. 3 million people at the same place in such a hot place...
Muslims make ablution before each prayer, which includes washing of each foot three times.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:13 PM   #5472
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This thread cant go one day without derailing.

Are we talking about buildings or feet??? lol
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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:35 PM   #5473
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3 million

can anyone tell me what will be the no. of pigrims expected to visit mecca during Hajj time in next 10 yrs(2020)???
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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:39 PM   #5474
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I really hate threads in which people start stupid arguments and go off the topic. Islam is peaceful religion and we respect other religions (i. e. we don't make fun of other religions like "some" people). That should be the end of discussion. NOW BACK TO THE TOPIC! If you can't talk about the topic then get lost.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:43 PM   #5475
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it can hold up to 4 million now.

hey plan to make it 10 million in five years

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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:47 PM   #5476
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that's amazing!! and that full hall is AC i can't believe
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Old September 8th, 2010, 05:21 PM   #5477
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under the white marble floor there is cold water running, to keep the area cool

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"The world's largest air-conditioning project was completed at the Holy Mosque to allow pilgrims to perform the holy rituals in comfort when the Hajj coincides with the hot summer months."

the openings at the bottom is where the cold air comes out, in other areas u'll find it on the walls
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Old September 8th, 2010, 05:28 PM   #5478
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Chill out folks, I wasn't saying people are dirties or don't wash . Just that packing that many people at the same place... there's something scary in that.

But it's cool too post pictures of the air-conditioning system, at least it brings valuable information.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #5479
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Personally, I would feel claustrophobic in that environment.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 06:31 PM   #5480
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Personally, I would feel claustrophobic in that environment.
'The ventilation system is great, anyways, thats how the view from abraj would look like, always...

By the way, did you know Abraj is considered part of the haram ? yes, you don't need to go to the masjid downstairs, you could pray in your room if its comfortable for you.
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