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Old June 30th, 2012, 12:03 AM   #11081
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Old June 30th, 2012, 03:29 AM   #11082
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^should be compared with its actual size ^
Elizabeth Tower compared to Makkah Clock tower


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Old June 30th, 2012, 03:36 AM   #11083
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One is a classic building the other is a tacky mess. Size doesn't change that. Though the size is very impressive.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 04:05 AM   #11084
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Wow. The clock for this building is almost as big as the Elizabeth Tower itself!
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Old June 30th, 2012, 02:33 PM   #11085
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so, not-muslims can't enter the city. but the building is so tall, that it's construction couldn't start without foreign specialists, who most probably were europeans, americans or chinese, anyway not muslims.
how have they managed with the rule?
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Old June 30th, 2012, 02:47 PM   #11086
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Some of the best architecture is designed by the Muslims. Take a look at Islamic Spain and Turkey.

People have the impression that Khalid are backwards, but believe you me, we changed the world, we gave the world technology, science, education, you name it.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 03:12 PM   #11087
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i won't agrue on that, but such a massive project can't be build just by local specialist. especially in saudi arabia that doesn't have great supertalls' construction experience. i'm not about architects, but about all the specialists like engineers etc. it's really dangerous to give everything to the local with no expirience in building that high
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Old June 30th, 2012, 03:20 PM   #11088
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We have the best engineers around the world, they are nit using locals for that. We have German, Malaysian, Chinese etc etc, all Muslim.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 03:24 PM   #11089
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Well, I've worked for the German company that employes muslim engineers and technicians specifically for this project, and the CEO of the company is muslim from Germany.
Also you can find some great experts and engineers from Malaysia, Singapore, China, etc. who are muslims.

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Old June 30th, 2012, 04:38 PM   #11090
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so, not-muslims can't enter the city. but the building is so tall, that it's construction couldn't start without foreign specialists, who most probably were europeans, americans or chinese, anyway not muslims.
how have they managed with the rule?
There are foreign specialists on the project ....but they don't come in Makkah. Like the engineer who conceive the system for the clock.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 04:42 PM   #11091
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I find it strange to build this next to the Kaaba.

But the height is pretty impressing.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 04:48 PM   #11092
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Old June 30th, 2012, 04:58 PM   #11093
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Clock Tower In Mecca Has Malaysian Touch

Wan Nazri Wan Aria, a Malaysian engineer



16 October 2011

MECCA – Malaysians can take pride in the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower or the Abraj Al-Bait which faces the Masjidil Haram or Grand Mosque here because it has a Malaysian touch.

Wan Nazri Wan Aria, 31, an engineer with a German company, SL Rasch, is responsible for coming up with the design of the giant clock tower.

He said a lightweight steel structure was used to build the tower to support the giant clock which was installed by experts, who included Malaysians, from Premier Composite Technology, a company from Dubai.

The 601 metre high clock tower, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, is the tallest and largest in the world, beating other clock towers in the world, like the one at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw Poland, the Big Ben in London and the Ann-Bradley Clock Tower in Milwaukee, United States of America.

“It is three times bigger than the Big Ben in London,” said Wan Nazri, a Melaka-born Malaysian who went to further his studies at the Stuttgart University in Germany after graduating from Universiti Teknologi Mara in 2002.

Wan Nazri and a few engineers from Premier Composite Technology were met by the Tabung Haji media group having “teh tarik” at the Restoran Felda D’saji at Safwa Tower near the Grand Mosque here.

He said he was proud to be one of those involved in designing and building of the new landmark in Mecca, which could be seen from 17km away at night and 12km during the day.

The two million LED lights on the clock faces, which flash five times a day to signal the call to prayer, can be seen from a distance of 28km. The four clock faces are decorated with 90 million pieces of glass mosaics.

The clock tower, reported to cost USD$3 billion, is scheduled for completion in February next year.

http://mynewshub.my/eng/2011/10/cloc...laysian-touch/

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The Muslims in Malaysia should be proud of the contribution of a Muslim population of Malaysia, Wan Nazri Wan Aria (small picture) the results of the build-hour touch the holy land of Mecca. Makkah Clock Royal Tower hotel is also known as the Abraj Al-Bait and its location overlooking the Grand Mosque.

Malaysian engineers working in the German company responsible for building and designing the giant clock tower. Tower was a collaboration of experts from Dubai premiere Composite Technology Company. Ironically, 14 experts from the company is young people from Malaysia who memansang hours and can enthrall millions of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims who come to the holy land.

With a height of 601 meters high, it is the highest and biggest tower in the world and beat other famous clock tower in the world such as the Tower at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw Poland, The Big Ben clock tower in London and Ann-Bradley clock tower in Milwaukee United States.

in Malay http://pakjoe-pakjoe.blogspot.ca/201...-malaysia.html



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Old June 30th, 2012, 05:07 PM   #11094
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very nice info


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The two million LED lights on the clock faces, which flash five times a day to signal the call to prayer, can be seen from a distance of 28km. The four clock faces are decorated with 90 million pieces of glass mosaics.
this one so cool.

can't wait till umrah ramadhan there.



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they said Mecca clock tower has 120 fl. hmm very interesting
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Old June 30th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #11095
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Old June 30th, 2012, 05:36 PM   #11096
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Giant Mecca Swiss Watch



The clock that will outclass Big Ben is the work of a Schwyz engineer.

The challenge to over 400 meters: to protect the hands from the wind.
October 26, 2010

The Makkah Clock can boast of being bigger and taller than most Big Ben. But unlike London which the clock strikes the hour, one of Mecca's mission is to draw pilgrims to prayer five times a day. Next year, the Muslim world will be watching on a Swiss mechanism installed in Saudi Arabia: "This clock is as big as a football field," enthuses Martin Ryffel Schwyz engineer.

If technology is Swiss, the construction is German. This is also an architect from Frankfurt mandated by investors who contacted the company Straintec led to Wollerau (SZ) by engineer Martin Ryffel. "The challenge lay in the hands that are exposed to the wind." To prevent their swaying damages dials - mosaics composed of millions of ceramics - the engineer has developed circular rails that hold the two needles of the dial away on all four sides of the tower.

Technical challenges

Rails is the specialty of Martin Ryffel, whose systems equip parks as Europarc. The design of the movement of 21 tons of steel and bronze was also a challenge for the engineer and his team: he would be in pieces to facilitate the inevitable future repair and had to be hoisted to a height of 425 meters, in a steel structure.

Other technical challenges were identified in two years, such as lightning rods to divert lightning mechanism. "The Bin Laden group wanted the best," said the engineer.

500 years warranty

"The developers have demanded a guarantee of 500 years," says Martin Ryffel. The request was impossible to meet as it is. The needles carbon may well be small, 500 years is ten times too much for the wheels that wear out. The parade was to ensure the sustainability of the clock, but not its components. "You should not change the car if you can repair it," Martin compares Ryffel. It's the same clock.

After a successful test at Dubai, Makkah Clock has been hoisted to Mecca. But Martin Ryffel was not on the trip: "Not being a Muslim, I'm not going to Mecca," he says.

In the holy city, the Swiss clock is integrated into the Abraj al-Bait project, estimate at 1.6 billion dollars and visible within a radius of 25 kilometers. Royal gift to the Muslim world, the Abraj al-Bait dominate the Grand Mosque. Its clock will determine the Islamic Mean Time, Mean Time away from the meridian of Greenwich, imposed by the West.

Five years of work

The site of the holy city must end next spring, after five years of work. The designer of the clock he will attend the inauguration? "Only if I receive an invitation. But I do not want at all costs, "says Martin Ryffel. The engineer is already busy with another project: the installation of 250 giant umbrellas in Medina, Saudi Arabia still.

By the numbers

Makkah Clock

425 meters: the height of the Makkah Clock, on its axis.
46 meters: the diameter of the clock.
22 meters: the length of the minute hand, the hour is 17 meters.
21 tons: the weight of the movement.
17 km: distance reading time at night, against the day 11 km.
21 000 white bulbs and green were set atop the tower.
500 000 LED integrated into the clock.
120 000 documents needed for the construction of the clock.
500 years: the duration of the warranty.

Abraj Al-Bait

7 laps up this complex that includes a prayer hall and four car parks.
95-storey Royal Tower, including 60 reserved for a 5 star hotel.
65 000 people: the population of the seven towers.
864 permanent residences.
$ 1.6 billion: the budget of the promoters, but the cost is estimated at 2 billion.

Translate from: http://archives.lematin.ch/actu/suis...que-2010-10-26




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Old June 30th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #11097
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It what way will it 'outperform' big Ben? They are accurate clocks :s it's nothing to be proud of if it does though, Big Ben is over 100
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Old July 1st, 2012, 12:12 AM   #11098
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It what way will it 'outperform' big Ben? They are accurate clocks :s it's nothing to be proud of if it does though, Big Ben is over 100
Only in size I guess... outperform is not an apropiate word.
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Old July 1st, 2012, 01:03 AM   #11099
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Only in size I guess... outperform is not an apropiate word.
probably, because I used ''google translation''...the original text (see the link) is in french and the word was ''surclassé''. Sorry.
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Old July 1st, 2012, 08:31 PM   #11100
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