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Old April 14th, 2011, 09:28 PM   #7681
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Workers are Fans of Galatasaray SK and at the banner there is an anti-Fenerbahçe SK "slogan"
So they are turkish...

Well that's not nice to do this in Makkah ...and in front of Masjid al Haram
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Old April 14th, 2011, 09:29 PM   #7682
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Old April 14th, 2011, 10:05 PM   #7683
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Old April 14th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #7684
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i guess that staircase is going thru the crescent?
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Old April 14th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #7685
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Old April 15th, 2011, 12:31 AM   #7686
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Talk about taring people with the same brush, I think you'll find the large majority of saudi's are inteligent peace loving muslim people.
I think you'll find that the majority of the 9-11 hijackers were Saudi's, which was what I was alluding to.
I'm sure the vast majority are peace loving people of course. We all have our fanatics though, and it seems to me that islam produces more than other religions/ beliefs.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 02:47 AM   #7687
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So you think the mass murder of 3000 people was hilarious to watch
i think most people would diagree.
Best you don't post on the US forum
I wasn't referring to WTC 1 and 2, read carefully before you comment.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 02:51 AM   #7688
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Old April 15th, 2011, 03:30 AM   #7689
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I think you'll find that the majority of the 9-11 hijackers were Saudi's, which was what I was alluding to.
I'm sure the vast majority are peace loving people of course. We all have our fanatics though, and it seems to me that islam produces more than other religions/ beliefs.
So? Ok then, the majority of those Saudis were from Southern regions bordering Yemen. Should we squeeze in these regions' names in every terrorism-related comment too?

As for the second part of your claim, I'll have to direct you to this link:
http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/01/not...s-are-muslims/

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Now please, stop derailing the thread. Kthxbai.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 05:15 AM   #7690
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Saudi luxury hotel market taps religious tourism

Thursday, 14 April 2011

The religious tourism industry in Saudi Arabia is taking on an increasingly luxurious feel as high-end hotel construction in Mecca booms to accommodate pilgrims with upmarket needs.

Hadi Helal, a marketing agent for Abraj al-Bait, a complex of luxury hotels, malls and flats on the outskirts of Mecca, said that upmarket hotels choose to open shop in Mecca because business can count on being able to fill rooms and tables with Muslims who must make the pilgrimage, or hajj, at least once in their lives.

“The big name hotels come here [to Saudi] because they know there is business here,” said Mr. Helal in a report released Thursday by Euromonitor. “People will not stop coming to hajj, they cannot do hajj anywhere else.”

Last November, about 2.5 million Muslims went on the hajj pilgrimage, he said.

The Abraj complex–known for its looming clock tower—has 15,000 housing units and 70,000 square meters of retail space. The complex offers luxuries such as Asprey toiletries, a 24-hour butler service and $270 worth of chocolates for every customer.

The growth in Saudi’s hospitality sector comes as the kingdom seeks to boost its tourism industry. Business Monitor International forecasts that that there will be 343,000 hotel rooms in Saudi Arabia by 2015, up from 250,000 in 2011. The firm expects the number of tourist arrivals to grow by an average of 6 percent each year to 2015.

International chains first opened their hotels in Saudi Arabia in 2009. Since then, Mecca has become home to a number of high-profile names, including Raffles Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Mustafa Damblat, sales manager at Al Deyar Travel, a Hajj and Omrah specialty travel agency in Dubai, said the reason why there are so many luxury hotels in and around Mecca is expensive land prices.

“It is the one of the most expensive land locations in the world,” he said. “Only upmarket businesses can afford to locate to the best spots in Mecca. They invest with big sponsors and royalty to secure their land.”

For now, luxury hotels surrounding Mecca’s holy site will remain popular simply because they are in the most convenient location, he added.

“They are the closest to the Holy Mosque of Mecca and people want to be in a hotel where they feel the most convenient and comfortable, particularly as many of the pilgrims are of old age,” he said.

The tourism revenue in 2010 reached SR66 billion ($17.6 billion), according to the Center for Studies and Research at Asharqia Chamber. The group predicts that the revenue is expected to cross SR232 billion ($61 billion) by 2020.

http://english.alarabiya.net/article...14/145426.html
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Emir issues order to preserve traditional Makkah architecture


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MAKKAH: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah, has ordered that all buildings in the vicinity of the Grand Mosque heed the “traditional Makkah-style of architecture” both inside and out while conforming to international standards of modern construction.

According to the regional head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, the Emir’s orders seek to “preserve the old Makkan Islamic style of architecture” and give the area a “pleasing aesthetic appearance to evoke the spirituality of the place”. “At the same time,” Muhammad Al-Amri said, “all modern conditions and standards must be met in terms of safety features and other requirements.”

He said the order entailed both the external facades and interior décor of residential and commercial buildings and tower blocks to “recall the ancient historic eras of Makkah”.

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Old April 15th, 2011, 09:37 PM   #7692
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I think you'll find that the majority of the 9-11 hijackers were Saudi's, which was what I was alluding to.
Lets not go there. We should limit the discussion to this Bin Laden construction project.

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Old April 15th, 2011, 10:01 PM   #7693
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Such a shame I'm not a muslim. I want to visit Mecca so badly =(
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Old April 15th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #7694
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Can a mod please remove the horrifically offensive trash that has been posted on the past few pages and do something with the posters? I am sick of coming into this thread and reading nothing but hateful comments.

Back on topic, is the staircase temporary, or is the crescent being placed on the center pole of the staircase, or are they going to continue to erect the steel ribbing on the outside of the staircase for the crescent?
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Old April 15th, 2011, 11:51 PM   #7695
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this tower will be even lonelier than taipei 101. And so massive that it dominates everything around like a mountain
I don't think so, as the rest of the complex complements the tower to a certain degree, as well as the landscape. With 101, there is nothing around it at all.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 11:53 PM   #7696
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Old April 16th, 2011, 12:23 AM   #7697
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Can a mod please remove the horrifically offensive trash that has been posted on the past few pages and do something with the posters? I am sick of coming into this thread and reading nothing but hateful comments.

Back on topic, is the staircase temporary, or is the crescent being placed on the center pole of the staircase, or are they going to continue to erect the steel ribbing on the outside of the staircase for the crescent?
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I think crescent will be put on the staircase.
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I don't think so, as the rest of the complex complements the tower to a certain degree, as well as the landscape. With 101, there is nothing around it at all.
Yeah - but Taipei 101 is not as tall and overbearing. In fact, Taipei 101 comes across elegant and almost like a traditional tower such as the CN tower in Toronto. Abaj al bait comes across as a mountain or Jabba the hut, with that massive girth and huge (clock) face.

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Old April 16th, 2011, 06:27 AM   #7699
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Old April 16th, 2011, 07:03 AM   #7700
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The moon is coming soon...inshallah

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