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Old May 8th, 2013, 02:00 PM   #11761
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Old May 10th, 2013, 06:44 AM   #11762
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how many cranes??? looks like enter site of cranes city area....
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Old May 15th, 2013, 08:20 AM   #11763
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Photography competition, entitled

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Wednesday 15 May 2013

The first annual photography competition in the Kingdom will be organized by Raffles Makkah Palace, in partnership with the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and the Arts (SASCA).

The competition, entitled ‘Inspiring Makkah,’ aims to highlight diversity of the Holy City while supporting emerging artists.

“The competition supports emerging and professional photographers by highlighting their talent, promoting their work, providing financial awards, and creating networking opportunities with seasoned photographers from the Muslim world and Saudi Arabia,” said Khaled Yamak, group director of Communications & Business Development of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Makkah (FRHI). “Raffles Hotel and Resorts have a long tradition of supporting local arts and heritage. The competition is also a valuable opportunity to showcase the vitality and dynamism of the Holy City to the whole world,” he added.

Submission is open until June 10, and a panel of distinguished photographers and experts in the field will judge all entries. The 2013 panelists are: Photography professor at the Institute of Technical and Vocational Training Mohammed Al-Malki, photographers Suzan Iskander, Issam Knafani, Lamia Al-Rumaih and Mariam Beydoun. Criteria for evaluation include technique, creativity, composition and innovation.

“We hope to see a very broad range of entries that reflect the city’s diversity. We are looking for participants to capture the passion and intensity of the city and people’s relationship with this amazing holy place,” said Mohammed Al-Malki, award winner of aerial photography of Masjid Al-Haram and Makkah. Winners of the competition will be announced on June 30.

The winner of the competition will be awarded a cash prize of SR 10,000 as well as a complimentary ticket and two-night stay in Raffles Makkah Palace. SR 5,000 and SR 2,500 will be awarded to the photographers who come in second and third place respectively. In addition, a special ‘people’s choice’ award of SR 2,500 will be given to the image that receives the most votes on Facebook.

http://www.arabnews.com/news/451649
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Old May 15th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #11764
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how many cranes??? looks like enter site of cranes city area....
You can easily count 40 cranes when sitting on the rooftop of the Masjid. But there may be more.

I was amazed by the speed of the work and the number of cranes so I counted them twice whilst waiting for the prayer to start.
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Old May 15th, 2013, 09:37 PM   #11765
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Just because a building is draped in religious symbols does not mean it's representative of a religion. I'll be the first to agree that this building looks like a Las Vegas hotelier ran out of ideas and decided to put an Islam-themed hotel on the Strip, but that's not what bothers me most about it.

This building is meant primarily to house Muslims traveling on Hajj -- a pilgrimage which is meant to be symbolic of solidarity with other Muslims and of supplication to God. But how can this building represent solidarity when it's so expensive that only the wealthiest pilgrims can stay there? And how can it represent supplication when it towers 2000 feet above (and I mean directly above) the religion's holiest site? It's very clearly a moneymaking venture, and a prideful one at that, but because the developers outfitted it with green lights and a minaret with a crescent on top, people rush to defend it by calling any criticism racist or ignorant. The developers know this and they're cashing in on it.

Its cynicism is what makes it gaudy.

...although seriously, aesthetically, if you're going to do the green lights, lose the gold. Glistening white would have been 1000x better.
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Old May 15th, 2013, 10:40 PM   #11766
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Sorry, but I dislike this tower. I know, that they would make a reference to the tradition of Islam, but they did everything wrong!
The proportional is total out - the half moon and the clock seems a bit too big, bad transition to the top. The minor towers is a nuisance.

But the most important is:
Would it fit into the surroundings? Totally no! The Grand Mosque is the most important place in Islam, but it's overshadow by the huge building mass, losing it's status and meaning in Mecca. You can really not focus on the Kabaa with a huge and ugly f****s behind?

And to not talk about how they demolished the old Turkish castle and the hill in order to give place to the expensive hotel, which only the wealthy tourists can able to afford. (Preservation of the relics of the past is another history)

The engineer facts may be impress, but the architecture is a fail.
For me, the clock tower is a picture of the egoism and self-satisfied and unnecessary luxury. It's an abundance of money that they didn't use right. As I have learned, Islam is about to help the poor, but somebody seems to forget it.

I know that there're huge problem with bigger people mass that want to go on Hajj to the Kabaa, but it's a different problem.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 05:10 AM   #11767
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No, I just get angry when comment like this "The ugliest thing the 21st Century has ever produced!" and it mean insult the islamic culture.
Idk which one are ugly.I think this building have a beautiful clock tower.
this building will got hate because its built in mecca.
I think it's crass and vulgar! Remember when Jesus (aka Isa) threw the money changers out of the temple! Well here they are! Right on the masjid! It's desecration, wahabi desecration.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 01:39 PM   #11768
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I think it's crass and vulgar! Remember when Jesus (aka Isa) threw the money changers out of the temple! Well here they are! Right on the masjid! It's desecration, wahabi desecration.
Very informative
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Old May 17th, 2013, 08:16 PM   #11769
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I really like this building. It doesnt look like just a tall skyscraper, but due to its design, top shape and majesty, it becomes a recognizable icon!
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Old May 18th, 2013, 04:28 PM   #11770
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I really like this building. It doesnt look like just a tall skyscraper, but due to its design, top shape and majesty, it becomes a recognizable icon!
Yes, an icon of bad taste and nouveau-riche-ism.
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Old May 18th, 2013, 04:49 PM   #11771
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ugly building in a holy place?
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Old May 18th, 2013, 08:04 PM   #11772
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hmmmm....this building does not do anything to you...if you not like just don't know about this building ok? don't give your negative opinion to this thread..
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Old May 18th, 2013, 08:49 PM   #11773
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hmmmm....this building does not do anything to you...if you not like just don't know about this building ok? don't give your negative opinion to this thread..
Everybody has the right tot give his opinion, whether it's positve or negative. That's simply how a discussion forum works. Oh and btw, if someone doesnt like the building he or she is just judging the design of the building, and this has nothing to do with racism or anything like that. So please stop getting upset about negative comments ok
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Old May 19th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #11774
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Everybody has the right tot give his opinion, whether it's positve or negative. That's simply how a discussion forum works. Oh and btw, if someone doesnt like the building he or she is just judging the design of the building, and this has nothing to do with racism or anything like that. So please stop getting upset about negative comments ok
yes I agree but just said you don't like and don't need to said sh*t,fxck,b*tch or anything ...it just get me upset
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Old May 19th, 2013, 09:52 PM   #11775
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Wow! And I thought this was already completed (or am I talking about the main buildings)
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Old May 20th, 2013, 12:17 AM   #11776
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Garish thing for a holy site.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 12:58 AM   #11777
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I don't think anyone will agree, but I actually really like this building and I think it fits Mecca perfectly. In addition, IMO this skyscraper doesn't look like a casino at all.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 01:08 AM   #11778
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I don't think anyone will agree, but I actually really like this building and I think it fits Mecca perfectly. In addition, IMO this skyscraper doesn't look like a casino at all.
No, i completely agree. This building is stunning, and i don't see why all the hate towards it.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 02:23 AM   #11779
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Raffles Makkah Palace launches photography competition


Friday, 24 May 2013 - 14 Rajab 1434 H

JEDDAH — In an innovative move that aims to highlight the diversity of the Holy City while supporting emerging artists, the renowned Raffles Makkah Palace has teamed up with the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts to announce its first annual photography competition in the Kingdom.

Titled “Inspiring Makkah,” the goal of the competition is to celebrate the dynamic and unique culture of Makkah.

This is the first time that a global photography competition of this kind has taken place in the Kingdom; and the first to specifically focus on the holiest city on Earth for more than 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide.

The competition supports emerging and professional photographers by providing a platform to showcase their amazing talent, promoting their work, providing financial awards, and creating networking opportunities with distinguished photographers from Saudi Arabia and the Muslim world.

“Raffles Hotels and Resorts have a long tradition of supporting local arts and heritage. The competition is also a valuable opportunity to reflect the vitality and dynamism of the Holy City to the whole world,” said Khaled Yamak, director of communications and business development of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Makkah.

Expectations are high that creative photographers from across the globe will strive to capture the beauty, the essence, and the spirit of the place that Muslims hold dearest to their hearts.

The submission opened from May 10 and will continue until June 10
. All entries will be judged by a panel of well known, professional photographers and experts in the field.

The 2013 panelists are: photography professor at the Institute of Technical and Vocational Training Mohammed Al-Malki, photographers Suzan Iskander, Issam Knafani, Lamia Al Rumaih and Mariam Beydoun. Criteria for evaluation include technique, creativity, composition and innovation.

“We really hope to see a very broad range of entries that reflect the city’s diversity. Makkah is the center of the Muslim world, and we are looking for participants to capture the passion and intensity of the city and people’s relationship with this amazing sacred place,” said Al-Malki, whose award winning portfolio includes aerial photography of Masjid Al Haram and Makkah. Winners of the competition will be announced on June 30.

The winner of the competition will be awarded a cash prize of SR 10,000 as well as a complimentary ticket and two night stay at Raffles Makkah Palace. As for the second and third place winners they will be awarded SR 5,000 and SR 2,500 respectively. An additional category has also been opened: a special “people’s choice” award of SR 2,500 will be given to the image that receives the most votes on Facebook.

There will also be at least 24 selected works that will be featured at a coffee table book and an exhibition to be held in Raffles Makkah Palace at a later date.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers eighteen years or above. All photos must be submitted to https://www.facebook.com/RafflesMakkahPalace and [email protected].

Each entrant can submit up to three images for consideration by the judges and the deadline for submissions is June 10.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index...20130524167060
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I don't think anyone will agree, but I actually really like this building and I think it fits Mecca perfectly. In addition, IMO this skyscraper doesn't look like a casino at all.
Have you ever seen a casino? IMO, it doesn't look like "a" casino, it looks like EVERY casino. Don't get me wrong, I like it fine but I find myself wanting to shout "Viva Las Vegas" every time I see a picture of it.
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