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Old July 28th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #8961
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What a helluva view !
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Old July 28th, 2011, 03:37 PM   #8962
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with taipei 101 it gets the crown for the loneliest mega tall on the earth
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Old July 28th, 2011, 04:32 PM   #8963
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just can't wait going there. impressed building,, great shave, but too bad its old fashion, i guess its to respect the sacral area, if that building look so 'hot', it can make jamaah looking for this building not ka'ba anymore, lol. great one.. love it
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Old July 29th, 2011, 12:55 AM   #8964
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Old July 29th, 2011, 03:45 AM   #8965
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20 July 2011

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Old July 29th, 2011, 10:34 AM   #8966
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wow,, its getting more beautifull,, masyaAllah.. loved it too much

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Old July 29th, 2011, 12:24 PM   #8967
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I believe. The total glass cladding is not used for these buildings. It is simply to minimize the quite bright reflection it resulted during the day.

In fact, we will see MILLIONS of pilgrims around Abraj-Al Bait during the day for every hajj season. It is quite disturbing while you're moving around Kabaa, and being exposed by the reflected sun ray from glassy building ...

As we know, so far, there is NO building to block or cover the sun ray to reach the STREET LEVEL where the pilgrims usually flock. We don't want the tower to turn into a gigantic reflector.
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Old July 29th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #8968
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are there any news about the proposed skyscrapers that are on the back of this complex?
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Old July 29th, 2011, 02:00 PM   #8969
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Last time I heard they were due to be started once this complex is complete. I believe it was GulfArabia who said that.

-edit- Just looked it up, it was ibib who said it. Check the Rawabi Abraj Al-Bait thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...3#post76877843

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Old July 29th, 2011, 04:12 PM   #8970
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Old July 30th, 2011, 12:44 PM   #8971
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The spire crane is being lowered gradually. Soon the highest crane in the world will be no more :'(
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Old July 30th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #8972
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don't cry, there is always a crane that is highest in the world,
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Old July 30th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #8973
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Old July 30th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #8974
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Last time I heard they were due to be started once this complex is complete. I believe it was GulfArabia who said that.

-edit- Just looked it up, it was ibib who said it. Check the Rawabi Abraj Al-Bait thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...3#post76877843
would be quite nice if they do. this will make the building look even more massive as a mountain
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Old July 30th, 2011, 08:06 PM   #8975
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IM SORRY i have an OT question, and i hope it wont ruin the thread. I just want a simple answer, and not start a debate.

Entry to Mecca is only allowed to muslim, but how do they check if you are really a muslim or not? During the hajd, there are so many ppl in Mecca, its almost impossible to ensure, that only muslim the entry was granted.
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Old July 30th, 2011, 11:55 PM   #8976
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Old July 30th, 2011, 11:58 PM   #8977
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IM SORRY i have an OT question, and i hope it wont ruin the thread. I just want a simple answer, and not start a debate.

Entry to Mecca is only allowed to muslim, but how do they check if you are really a muslim or not? During the hajd, there are so many ppl in Mecca, its almost impossible to ensure, that only muslim the entry was granted.
actually they do not check. i heard of different stories from not muslims acting like muslims to enter the city, whether they are historians or journalists. if they dont draw unnecessary attention, noone knows.
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Old July 31st, 2011, 12:34 AM   #8978
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Thank you, if someone has knowledge abt this issue, send me a PM, as i mentioned i dont wanna start some shit in this thread, im just curious abt this particular issue. thanks in advance guys :-)
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Old July 31st, 2011, 02:27 AM   #8979
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Makkah clock tower
to ''beam'' from beginning of Ramadan


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The Makkah Royal Clock Tower will start ticking
officially on the first of Ramadan


By BADEA ABU AL-NAJA | ARAB NEWS

Published: Jul 30, 2011 22:51 Updated: Jul 30, 2011 23:02

MAKKAH:The Makkah Royal Clock Tower, the second tallest tower in the world, will start emitting 16 light beams to a height of 10 kilometers Sunday evening to announce the beginning of Ramadan.

The loud speakers installed at the top of the tower will carry the sound of adhan (call to prayer) from the Grand Mosque to seven kilometers far. The powerful lights in white and green blinking at the time of adhan can be seen from a distance of 30 kilometers. The lights are also helpful for people with hearing difficulties to know prayer times.

The clock face is white and indicators dark during daylight and green and white at night.

A trial run of the clock was held at the beginning of last year’s Ramadan.

The gigantic Makkah clock project was constructed on top of tower number five of King Abdul Aziz Endowment project, which consists of seven towers.

“All arrangements to receive Ramadan guests in the residential hotel, on which the clock tower is situated, have been completed. All rooms and suites have an Islamic style of interior décor that add to the spirituality of Ramadan,” director of telecommunications and business promotion at the Fairmont Raffles Hotels International in Makkah, Khaled Yamaq, said.

The Makkah Clock Tower Hotel, on which the clock is situated, is 601 meters high with 76 stories and 858 suites. It overlooks the Grand Mosque.

“A large number of pilgrims of different nationalities will be visiting the tower to get a close look at the interior of the clock tower. Therefore, the hotel’s main banquet hall has prepared to accommodate 1,000 guests for iftar (fast-breaking meal) and suhur (predawn meal before starting the fast). It comprises menus of 15 countries, including local dishes,” he said.

Ramadan cannon

A cannon will fire seven shots to mark the beginning of Ramadan in Makkah, the Saudi Press Agency said on Saturday. Shots will be fired throughout the month to announce the time of breaking the fast, the time for suhur and the end of the suhur.

The cannon will be positioned at the top of the highest hill, away from residential neighborhoods in Makkah, and is provided with sound-producing detonators. There are special security officers to take care of the cannon, which will be sent back to the store of the Tasks and Duties Administration in Makkah after the last shots announcing the arrival of Eid Al-Fitr. A total of 150 shots will be fired in the whole month.

In most Muslim countries, cannons are fired to announce the beginning of Ramadan and fast breaking time.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article480501.ece

Ramadan Mubarak!

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Old July 31st, 2011, 03:11 AM   #8980
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Thank you, if someone has knowledge abt this issue, send me a PM, as i mentioned i dont wanna start some shit in this thread, im just curious abt this particular issue. thanks in advance guys :-)
Saudi here. Feel free to ask me any questions through PM.
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