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Old January 15th, 2012, 04:53 AM   #10561
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Old January 15th, 2012, 05:41 AM   #10562
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So are they nearly finished with this building?
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Old January 15th, 2012, 06:45 AM   #10563
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Old January 15th, 2012, 07:02 AM   #10564
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is this the building we can see world curvature ?
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Old January 15th, 2012, 07:05 AM   #10565
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Old January 15th, 2012, 12:59 PM   #10566
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Old January 15th, 2012, 01:34 PM   #10567
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Old January 15th, 2012, 07:09 PM   #10569
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Old January 15th, 2012, 10:30 PM   #10570
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does anyone know how much square meters floor space the tower has? but just the tower and not the whole complex which has around 1,5mio sqm.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 03:34 AM   #10571
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Makkah Clock Fairmont Hotel

wins best 2011 landmark title

16 January 2012

MAKKAH — Makkah Clock Fairmont Hotel has been designated as world’s best hotel landmark for the year 2011. The achievement was announced Saturday at a function in Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar where names of the winners of global travel awards for 2011 were also announced.

The recognition comes only a few months after the hotel was named as the best in the Middle East region.

Over 213,000 travel agents and tourist companies and organizations from 160 countries voted and Makkah Clock Fairmont received the highest number of votes in the category of the best hotel landmark in the world.

Muhammad Arkobi, Deputy Director of Fairmont Raffles Group Management in Makkah, said: “We have created a new trend for hospitality industry on the national and international levels from the heart of Makkah, the cradle of Islam.”

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Old January 16th, 2012, 03:54 AM   #10572
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Raffles Makkah Palace chef takes center stage


Raffles Makkah Palace chef Said Hassanein receiving the award.

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Published: Jan 4, 2012 00:17 Updated: Jan 4, 2012 00:17

Said Hassanein from Raffles Makkah Palace bagged the global “Chef of the Year Award” by presenting culinary excellence at MENA regional Awards and winning the “Best Chef of the year “and thereby qualifying and winning the second position as the best chef in the world. The competition was organized by Unilever Food Solutions and the winning was announced at a splendid ceremony in Durban South Africa recently to showcase The Best of the Best Chefs and caterers globally.

The Awards held at Durban attracted local and international talent, as talented chefs competed. Chef Said Hassanein, the senior chef at Raffles Makkah Palace was chosen among the final few to showcase his ultimate culinary magnificence gained through wide international expertise that helped him bag the winning title at the culinary competition.

On this momentous occasion, Chef Said said “I am glad to receive this award and I would like to thank my family at Raffles Makkah Palace for their endless support in the contest.” He also added, “Cooking is my passion and when it comes to ingredients and menus, I tend to blend together my international techniques with the local flavors to craft finest and most sumptuous meals.” Said also believes in using fresh ingredients constantly, and identifying the taste for the guest’s needs.”

The food was tasted, marked and monitored by panel of well-known highly experienced international chefs. Said Hassanein qualified in numerous rounds to enter the finalists’ category that required showcasing talent based on creativity and competitive spirit.

The relentless pursuit of service excellence has earned Raffles Makkah Palace a legion of international accolades. The opulent culinary experience is one of a kind at Raffles Makkah Palace that is brought together by world class chefs such as Said Hassanein. Residents are tempted to enjoy the exciting dining experiences offered at “Al Qasr” for eastern, western and international favorites. The “Narjes” Tea Lounge presents its patrons with gourmet teas, coffees and freshly baked produce while Al “Majlis” takes its guests on a culinary tour of Mediterranean specialties. For sweet gourmets, The Creamery is a must with its custom-made Teppanyaki Ice cream served indoors or outside on the terrace, overlooking the Grand Mosque.

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Old January 16th, 2012, 10:03 AM   #10573
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Old January 16th, 2012, 05:59 PM   #10574
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Makkah Clock Royal Tower
claims top prize at World Travel Awards


Mohammed Arkobi, vice president and managing director of Fairmont Raffles
Hotels International, centre in blue, collects the award in Doha

16 January 2011

Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, has been recognised as the World’s Leading Landmark Hotel by the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Representatives from the world-class property were in attendance at a ceremony held at Katara Cultural Village, Doha.

More than 213,000 travel professionals, including travel agencies, tour and tourism organisations from 160 countries, voted during the annual search for the best in the industry.

Commenting on this distinctive win Mohammed Arkobi, vice president and managing director of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International – Makkah – said: “With humbleness and pride we dedicate this outstanding win to our beloved Kingdom and to the entire Islamic World; and we are also conceited of creating a new trend in the world of hospitality industry on both local and global levels from the very heart of Islam’s Holy Capital.

“We truly feel honored to receive this Award yet again from the World’s Travel Awards. Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel within a span of eight months has won an Award for the second time in a row, which indeed is a brilliant achievement.

“The recognition belongs to our team at Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel.”


In the center of Makkah amid the divine tranquility standing stately only a few steps away from the Masjid Al Haraam and the Holy Ka’aba, is Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, a beacon for pilgrims in the Holy city.

This Fairmont Hotel with its prime location offers guests magnificent views of the Holy Kabaa from the comfort of their room with the finest hospitality where guests experience an oasis of serenity.

Distinguished as one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, this 76-story hotel is the focal point of the Abraj Al Bait Complex.

One of its incredible features is a 40-meter (130-foot) Royal Clock, visible from 17 kilometers (ten miles) away, which announces daily prayers to the Muslim world.

The Hotel appeals to visitors with 858 rooms and suites are thoughtfully and elegantly appointed, with five- star amenities and services on 29 floors.

To relish dining experience, ten internationally inspired cuisine indulgences are present that will suit every palate where guests can enjoy ten exceptional selections of worldwide gastronomy, and even experience local flavor at Al-Dira restaurant, which introduces diners to oriental Saudi cuisine.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower - A Fairmont Hotel draws attention of pilgrims and business visitors alike with large prayer facilities for both males and females.

Along with its exceptional facilities, Makkah Clock Royal Tower is an ideal venue for any event with its more than 3,200 square meters (34,000 square feet) of ornate function space - replete with a full-service business center and professional staff - comprise exceptional banquet rooms, the biggest ballroom in Makkah Al Jewar with a VIP seating section, and eight state-of-the-art meeting rooms, along with pre-function areas.

World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the global travel and tourism industry and is regarded as the highest achievement a travel product could ever hope to receive.

It has been described by Wall Street Journal as the “Oscars” of the travel and tourism industry.

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/ne...travel-awards/
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Old January 17th, 2012, 02:38 AM   #10575
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A Great Pic from Makkah Clock Tower ....
Holy Mosque - Masjid al Haram

16 January 2012 - Makkah - 4:30 pm

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Old January 17th, 2012, 02:51 PM   #10576
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''Raffles Makkah Palace''
named World’s Leading Luxury All Suite Hotel



17 January 2012

Raffles Makkah Palace has been crowned the World’s Leading Luxury All Suite Hotel by the World Travel Awards during a splendid ceremony at Katara Cultural Village in Doha.

Votes were cast online by over 213,000 travel professionals around the world, from over 160 participating countries.

“It is an outstanding achievement for our hotel Raffles Makkah Palace to be named the World’s Leading Luxury All Suite Hotel,” said Mohammed Arkobi (pictured), vice president and managing director for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International – Makkah.

“We are very keen to be the standard-bearer for hotels in the World, and this well-deserved award symbolizes the superiority we provide through our impeccable services,” Arkobi added.

Raffles Makkah Palace, magnificently crafted just steps away from Al Masjid Al Haraam is a restful and private sanctuary, elegantly designed generating a world-class renowned name in Elite Hospitality with 214 suites that offer breathtaking views of the Holy mosque, and are carefully planned in an Islamic architectural style with exceptional amenities.

Arkobi added: “The win is momentous as this is the second award for Raffles Makkah Palace within a span of eight months; bagging two prestigious awards reflects its dedication to unsullied service.

“Travel industry professionals around the world have voted, carrying global recognition of our well-deserved reputation as the top generosity all suite property in the world.”

The premium services at Raffles Makkah Palace are tailored to make the stay for guests in the Islamic holy land of Makkah a divine harmony.

The attention to detail in the extravagantly, well-appointed Spacious suites, in this exceptional hotel is a feature for those who demand excellence.

Marching the taste of elegance and culinary sensations, Raffles Makkah Palace provides unique round-the-clock butler service for every suite where personal butlers exemplify “heartfelt” service.

For business needs, a fully equipped business center features a gracious reception hall and a library containing more than 2000 Islamic books, in addition to five private meeting rooms and secretarial services.

The hotel is vigilantly embellished with gilded facilities, offering a residential feel amid enchanting private spaces.

Residents of Palace will be tempted to enjoy the exciting dining experiences offered, “Al Qaser” for Eastern, western and international favorites.

The “Narjes” Tea Lounge presents its patrons with gourmet teas, coffees and freshly baked produce while Al “Majlis” takes its guests on a culinary tour of Italian and Mediterranean specialties. For lovers of sweets, The Creamery is a must with its custom-made Teppanyaki Ice cream served indoors or outside on the Terrace, overlooking the Grand Mosque.

The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the global travel and tourism industry and is regarded as the highest achievement a travel product could ever hope to receive.

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/ne...l-suite-hotel/
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Old January 17th, 2012, 03:07 PM   #10577
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Saudi Arabia records tourism boom


Prophet's Mosque, Madinah
17 January 2012

A recently released report by World Tourism Organisation (WTO) on inbound tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has found that, in 2010, the country was visited by 10.9 million visitors.

During their stays, these visitors spent US$6.8 billion, compared with 10.9 million visitors who spent US$7.8 billion in 2009.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - according to WTO’s report which is titled: Measurement of international tourism - has acquired significant percentage that reached 17.8 per cent of the total of inbound tourism in the Middle East.

According to the report, Kingdom comes 2nd among the Arab countries and 22nd internationally among the countries that record high rates of visitors compared with 20th place it had reached in 2009.

The report also stated that, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranked fifth in the Arab World and ranked thirty-seventh internationally in the same year regarding tourism revenues compared with its thirty-first place during 2009.

On major indications of the international tourism movement during the first eight months of 2011, the report stated that, the number of tourists during the period, from January to August, 2011, have reached 671 million all over the world, reporting a growth of 4.5 per cent compared with the same period in 2010 as well as a growth of 11.3 per cent compared with the same period in 2009.

The number of international tourists during the same period has reported 69% of the total number predicted to the end of the current year.

On tourism movement in the Middle East, from January to August, 2011, the region has reported decline of 9.1 per cent, vis-à-vis period last year.

Among countries, Syria was the lowest reported country with -37.6 per cent followed by Egypt with -34.7 per cent, then Lebanon with -24.7 per cent, Jordan with -14.1 per cent, while the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reported a significant increase of 88.3 per cent, followed with the United Arab Emirates of 7.9 per cent while Amman reported 12.4 per cent increase.

As for air flights, and according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the report has unveiled an increase of 6.3 per cent in air passenger movement on scheduled international airlines during the period from January to September, 2011, compared with the same period in 2010.

According to measurement of Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK), the report predicted an increase in domestic air transport with 4.4 per cent, and an increase in international air transportation with 7.5 per cent compared with 2010.

The report also expected the rate of international tourists to increase to around four to 4.5 per cent by the end of 2011 with a significant growth in tourism movement in 2012 between three and four per cent slightly lower than it was in 2011.

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/ne...-tourism-boom/
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