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Old April 18th, 2012, 04:33 AM   #10901
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Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont Hotel unveiles

Saudi Arabia's most spectacular ballroom

Apr 17 2012


Magnificent Al Jiwar Ballroom, a dream wedding venue for couples

State of the Art Al Jiwar Ballroom Offers Unmatched Sophistication and Grand Function Space With Dedicated VIP Seating


Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - A new benchmark in Saudi Arabia's hospitality industry has now been set by Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, with the unveiling of the glorious and hi-tech Al Jiwar Ballroom.

The magnificent Islamic theme inspired Al Jiwar Ballroom, offers the finest function space and event venue in the Holy City of Makkah, which features a dedicated VIP seating section, is spread across 2,400 square meters that can accommodate up to 1500 guests.

Recognizing the need for direct information access and global communications from a singular location, the ballroom hosts a media room that offers advanced technologies for live broadcast, including audio and video mixer along with a roving camera monitoring system for a 360 degree view of the ballroom. In order to curb global language barriers during key events, the ballroom also features eight translation rooms.


A fairy tale venue and a visual delight for prospective brides and grooms, Al Jiwar ballroom presents fantastic options for a couples' wedding day to become a truly memorable experience which is not disturbed with the anxiety of preparation. On site event experts counsel guests on all the key aspects of the wedding including planning of dates, event schedule, menu design and linen.

Theme decorations aligned with the weddings' setting and special flower arrangements from preferred floral designers can also be organized on request. Special menu design is an integral aspect of all wedding celebrations and at Al Jiwar, an unforgettable culinary delight is offered to the guests.


The talented pastry chefs at the hotel are experts at creating delicious customized wedding cakes as per the preference of guests. Culinary creativity is a specialty at Al Jiwar and the hotel prides itself in offering an extensive array of menu options which can be tailor made for the functions' requirements.

Al Jiwar ballroom, with its opulent décor, textured walls, rich woven marbles and magnificent crystal chandeliers offers a unique and systematic theater with 700 seats that open in an astonishing 20 seconds. Complementing the enormous space offered by the ballroom is the world's largest projector screen at 270 square meters, which not only opens a host of possibilities for guests to explore but also adds an innovative dimension to the conventional mode of addressing audiences.

Introducing Al Jiwar Ballroom Mr. Kahled Yamak, Group Director of Communication and Business Development at FRHI, Makkah said, "Al Jiwar ballroom is a perfect blend of traditional architecture, technology, innovation and world class hospitality. We have in essence created a unique and unforgettable experience for our discerning guests and this will be a key catalyst towards positioning Al Jiwar as the preferred meeting and function destination in the Holy City".

The Hotel offers more than 3,200 square meters (34,000 square feet) of overall ornate function space across two function floors, consists eight hi-tech meeting rooms that are ideal for conferences, seminars, summits and side meetings. The immaculately appointed meeting rooms are replete with cutting edge audio-visual equipment and fast internet access.

A full service state of the art business center managed by highly trained and professional staff adjoins the ballroom for seamless communication and information access requirements

Ideal for Royal weddings, large gatherings, grand events and international conferences, Al Jiwar ballroom can be divided into three smaller rooms to address distinct needs of guests. Dedicated pre-function areas with flexible seating configurations and latest audio-visual equipment have also been included throughout. A dedicated parking area for the ballroom gives easy access for the convenience of the guests.

The 858 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites are comfort personified and enable perfect views of the Holy Kaaba and Grand Mosque which is an overwhelming experience for the guests.

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Old April 18th, 2012, 04:55 AM   #10902
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Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont Hotel

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Old April 18th, 2012, 01:53 PM   #10903
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so...NON-muslims...but...non-christians are allowed to visit Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano (the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter at Vatican City) - no catholic christ will kill anybody else, who believes something different (well, they used to, but that´s hundreds of years ago...hell i even don´t believe in some kind of god or religion...but i really hate intolerance)...and that place is about some wired kind of faith too (same like mekka...sorry i can´t handle with religion)....
Why do everyone keep comparing Vatican to Makkah? Makkah is nothing like Vatican and Islam isn't Christianity, otherwise we will be worshiping a son of God.

here is an article i found:

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Why are non-Muslims not allowed in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah?

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It is true that non-Muslims are not allowed in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, by law. The following points will serve to elucidate the possible reasoning behind such a restriction.


1. All citizens are not permitted in the cantonment area

I am a citizen of India. Yet, I am not permitted to enter certain restricted areas like the cantonment. In every country there are certain areas where a common citizen of that country cannot enter. Only a citizen who is enrolled in the military or those who are connected with the defence of the country are allowed in the cantonment area. Similarly Islam is a Universal Religion for the entire world and for all human beings. The cantonment areas of Islam are the two holy cites of Makkah and Madinah. Here only those who believe in Islam and are involved in the defence of Islam i.e. the Muslims are allowed.

It would be illogical for a common citizen to object against the restriction on entering a cantonment area. Similarly it is not appropriate for non-Muslims to object against the restriction on non-Muslims against entering Makkah and Madinah.


2. Visa to enter Makkah and Madinah

a. Whenever a person travels to a foreign country he has to first apply for a visa i.e. the permission to enter that country. Every country has its own rules, regulations and requirements for issuing a visa. Unless their critera are satisfied they will not issue a visa.

b. One of the countries which is very strict in issuing a visa is the United States of America, especially when issuing visas to citizens of the third world. They have several conditions and requirements to be fulfilled before they issue a visa.

c. When I visited Singapore, it was mentioned on their immigration form - death to drug traffickers. If I want to visit Singapore I have to abide by the rules. I cannot say that death penalty is a barbaric punishment. Only if I agree with their requirements and conditions will I be permitted to enter the country.

d. The Visa – The primary condition required for any human being to enter Makkah or Madina is to say with his lips, La ila ha illallah Muhammed ur Rasulullahmeaning that ‘there is no God but Allah and Muhammed (pbuh) is His Messenger.’

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Old April 18th, 2012, 02:40 PM   #10904
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the hotel looks awesome does this hotel occupy the main tower or one of the smaller ones?
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Old April 18th, 2012, 09:32 PM   #10905
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Nobody sees themselves as 'a racist' person. People (like you) try to rationalise it so that you think you are in the right.

You and people like you who would segregate and discriminate are disgusting and are the people who cause most of the problems in history.
No, i just oppose the word "RACIST" (or "RACIS", as certain american minorities like to say) being thrown at everything; those who use it most fervently tend to not know its meaning. "Discriminatory" is a perfectly fine alternative in this case. Settle for that.

p.s. I'm not a fan of this separation, and not religious myself. But we're going off-topic.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 12:22 AM   #10906
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d. The Visa – The primary condition required for any human being to enter Makkah or Madina is to say with his lips, La ila ha illallah Muhammed ur Rasulullahmeaning that ‘there is no God but Allah and Muhammed (pbuh) is His Messenger.’

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Old April 19th, 2012, 02:45 AM   #10907
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Makkah Clock Tower
replicas get royal seal of approval



18 Apr 2012

The Royal Makkah Tower Clock’s features include a light display that copies the changing colours of the original, and a bespoke eight-day movement.

Dent, the firm which made the landmark Big Ben clock, said that some of the mantle clocks had been given by King Abdullah to Gulf leaders who attended the GCC summit in December

Among the recipients of the clocks were Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, King Hamad of Bahrain, Sultan Qaboos of Oman, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar and Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah.

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Old April 19th, 2012, 02:50 AM   #10908
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Dent produces replicas of the Clock Tower in Mecca




Monday, April 16, 2012

Calling the Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, will be one of the world's tallest buildings, the tallest clock tower in the world and the largest displays of the world. The Dent, London, has just launched in the market a replica of the tower with mechanical caliber, autonomy for eight days.

Available in two sizes, limited production.

A number of these clocks was purchased by King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. They were offered to the Heads of State of the Cooperation Council of Arab Gulf States (GCC).


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Old April 20th, 2012, 06:23 AM   #10909
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Mecca: Place and time

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Modern Mecca

Muslims all over the world look towards Mecca as an icon, for it houses the most sacred of Islamic sites and has grabbed the attention of the world. The British Museum in London is holding the first exhibition of its kind under the title “Journey to the Heart of Islam” to explore the holy city. The King Abdul Aziz Public Library represents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in this exhibition. The following report is about the characteristics of modern Mecca.

It is really the best of all cities and the heart of the Muslim nation and the entire world.

The spiritual grandeur of Mecca is inspired by its holiness. The place has never lost its authenticity, yet it has been making room for modernity to go hand in hand with history. Modern Mecca is like a beautiful piece of art with holiness at its center and the lively and bustling 21st century city at its periphery.

In this city that merges the holiness of rituals with the advancement of modernity there is a place for old houses, minarets, traditional markers as well as top-notch hotels overlooking the Grand Mosque, shopping malls, paved roads intersecting with state of the art bridges.

There is also the pilgrimage train that has recently adorned the city and this wonder: the clock that stands tall overseeing the Grand Mosque and bearing witness to a time and a place with no equal.

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Old April 20th, 2012, 06:44 AM   #10910
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I think the reason why there is such a flame war for people talking about non Muslims not being allowed into Mecca is because they will never get a chance to admire the beauty of the city. If you look on this website, people comment on how beautiful cities other than their own are and the same goes for Mecca, a very beautiful city. I think people are just surprised when they learn they can never enter the city because of some silly hundreds of year old law. You must be patient with these people and realise that they only wish to admire the beauty of the city when they complain about why they cannot enter the city.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 06:58 AM   #10911
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Makkah Royal Clock Tower opens

Al Jiwar ballroom


Apr 18, 2012

Makkah Royal Clock Tower has opened its new ballroom, which features the world’s largest projection screen, as well as eight translation rooms and can accommodate 1500 guests.

The Al Jiwar ballroom, housed in the Fairmont hotel, features a roving camera monitoring systems, offering 360 degree views of the ballroom, as well as an audio and video mixer, allowing for live broadcasts.

The venue, which is design to host opulent weddings, grand events and international conferences, can also be split into three smaller rooms, which flexible seating options. It also hosts the world’s largest projection screen, at 270 m², and a systematic theatre with 700 seats.

Khaled Yamak, group director of communication and business development at FRHI, Makkah, said: “Al Jiwar ballroom is a perfect blend of traditional architecture, technology, innovation and world class hospitality. We have, in essence, created a unique and unforgettable experience for our discerning guests and this will be a key catalyst towards positioning Al Jiwar as the preferred meeting and function destination in the Holy City.”

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Old April 20th, 2012, 11:32 AM   #10912
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is it true this is how masjidil haram will be in future?




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Old April 20th, 2012, 12:03 PM   #10913
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Old April 20th, 2012, 06:47 PM   #10914
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King Abdulaziz Public Library present

The Hajj

New website : kapl-hajj.org

Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has given directives to commence a major expansion of Al-Haram Mosque.

With this in mind, The King Abdulaziz Public Library, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has launched an initiative to inform and update the global community of this ground breaking expansion project. As part of this initiative The King Abdul Aziz Public Library has partnered with the British Museum, London UK, to launch the “Hajj Exhibition – Journey to the heart of Islam”

The new kapl-hajj.org website www.kapl-hajj.org is a wider part of this initiative to provide information, news and updates as well as feedback from the global community on their personal experiences.

This website endeavours to provide a rich resource of text and media not only of the current work taking place but also of both historic and future plans of the Hajj expansion program, to provide pilgrims with a peaceful and safe spiritual journey to the heart of their Islam, the Hajj.


Very interesting website with beautiful pictures!

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Old April 21st, 2012, 01:58 PM   #10917
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a grand and gigantic Perspective and pics!
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2,000,000 LEDs shining on the world’s largest clock

10/04/2012

No fewer than 1,000 high-efficiency DIN-rail power supplies have been supplied by German power supply manufacturer Puls to light 2,000,000 LEDs on the world's largest clock.

The Mecca Royal Hotel clock in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia – the tallest hotel, with the world and the world's largest clock face – boasts four faces, each a staggering 46 metres in diameter and 200 metres high.

The clock is illuminated by two million LEDs, said to be visible from 25 kilometres, while a further 21,000 white and green coloured lights, representing the Saudi Flag, flash five times a day to call worshipers to prayer.

The 1,000 PULS XT 40 DIN-rail power supplies each deliver 1,000W, providing the 1,000,000W needed to supply the enormous complex.

Puls UK's managing director Harry Moore claims high f efficiency achieved (up to 95%), meaning less energy wasted and less heat generated – and important factor in a country where ambient temperatures of 40°C are not uncommon.

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