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Old January 7th, 2014, 11:40 AM   #12181
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I like the clock tower. I think it's the best part of the entire complex, especially the crescent moon that rises graciously in the sky. I've been very fortunate to visit a number of mosques (both inside and out, and during prayer times) in countries like Turkey, Malaysia, Jordan and Syria (shortly before the war). I'm not a Muslim, but I have a lot of love and respect for Islamic architecture. Unfortunately, most of this complex is too bulky and boxy to reflect the long and graceful Islamic heritage that I've seen elsewhere.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 02:24 PM   #12182
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Lol the at the fake Eiffel tower
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Old January 7th, 2014, 02:39 PM   #12183
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Old January 8th, 2014, 03:25 PM   #12184
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Old January 8th, 2014, 07:27 PM   #12185
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How high is the top part? ( for me the top part begins below this blue diamond shaped glass thing)
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Old January 8th, 2014, 09:19 PM   #12186
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Someone listened to you, they are now talking about taking Abraj Al-Bait down. Crazy, it's the most amazing Clock in the world!
Wait, is this actually true? I mean, they're going to remove a skyscraper complex which consists of the second highest building of the world, has costed BILLIONS of dollar and contains more than 1.5 million square footage (!!!) of space? WTF? I know money isn't an issue for the Saudis who are in charge of the developments, but this is just...ridiculous. Even if they're not planning to bring this down before 2020 or 2030, the fact that they are already talking about a demolishment 1 year after the complex has been completed is mind-blowing. Are they going to remove the 600m main tower as well?

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Old January 8th, 2014, 10:52 PM   #12187
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They shouldn't have the right to do that!
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Old January 8th, 2014, 11:23 PM   #12188
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I think he is joking.
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Old January 8th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #12189
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looks like photoshop or fake......or? If not it looks completed and beautiful
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Old January 9th, 2014, 12:19 AM   #12190
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I think he is joking.
He isn't.

He is talking about these articles here:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3402

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3403

There is a lot of confusion about it however, maybe it's just bad translation.
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Old January 9th, 2014, 12:24 AM   #12191
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That would be totally idiotic if happens, but I really doubt it will.
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Old January 9th, 2014, 04:12 AM   #12192
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No the building is correct it's just it wasn't built in exactly the right location....Las Vegas is further west...or east....
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Old January 9th, 2014, 07:00 AM   #12193
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Old January 9th, 2014, 10:04 PM   #12194
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The arabic/islam version of this:


i dont get it. people like to see london and the big ben, but then they say the version in uecca is the ugliest building the have ever seen …
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Old January 9th, 2014, 10:13 PM   #12195
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I like a bouquet of flowers, i dont like a bouquet of fake flowers.
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Old January 9th, 2014, 10:42 PM   #12196
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No the building is correct it's just it wasn't built in exactly the right location....Las Vegas is further west...or east....
Like the Statue of Liberty which was originally supposed to be in Egypt, not the USA?
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Old January 10th, 2014, 07:00 AM   #12197
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He isn't.

He is talking about these articles here:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3402

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3403

There is a lot of confusion about it however, maybe it's just bad translation.
on this news, it's better to wait for further informations.

Sometimes they change decisions, change projects, ...
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Old January 10th, 2014, 07:01 AM   #12198
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Old January 16th, 2014, 06:59 AM   #12200
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Highest Chairlift in the World in the Makkah Clock Tower
16 January 2014

JEDDAH – ThyssenKrupp Access, one of the leading suppliers for chairlifts, platform lifts as well as home elevators, recently won the 2014 Project of the Year award by Elevator World magazine for its successful installation of the highest chairlift in the world, in Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Makkah Royal Hotel Clock Tower. The world’s third tallest building is only a few meters away from one of Islam’s most sacred sites – the Ka’aba. The tower’s highest point is now equipped with a “Flow” chairlift.

In Saudi Arabia, rising standards of living lead to an increasing demand for products and services enhancing comfort and quality of life.

Farid Oilad Adj Amar, Business Development Manager Middle East, ThyssenKrupp Access, said: “Our products help make life easy and comfortable, at home as well as in public areas. We can tailor an individual solution for every customer for each situation in life.”

So besides the Makkah Clock Tower Project, for example ThyssenKrupp Access provided 36 exclusive home elevators in Jabal Omar Town Houses in Makkah.

Oilad added: “The Makkah Clock Tower project is one of our most noteworthy projects in this region. Our “Flow” chairlift was found to be the only suitable lifting solution to provide access to the very top of the building and due to the exclusiveness of the venture, the international magazine Elevator World has honored the company with its 2014 Project of the Year award.”

The project won the 1st prize in the category “Platform Lifts & Stairway Chairlifts” scoring in terms of technical product specifications and uniqueness of installation side. It prevailed against more than 20 competitive submissions. Other decisive criteria were innovation, originality, creativity, challenges to overcome, installation methods and technique as well as the use of advanced technology.

The rail of the chairlift was tailor-made to fit into the extreme steep and narrow surroundings of the tower´s staircase with seven spirals, a total of 91 steps and an average tread with of 380 mm only. The chairlift consists of 13 rail parts with 29 curves, adding up to a complete rail length of 24.8 meters. The rail was installed on the inner curve of the staircase in order to minimize the space used on the stairway.


“Flow” chairlift

To allow the chairlift to smoothly maneuver on the staircase, the Flow chairlift is equipped with patented ASL Advanced Swivel and Leveling technology. This unique system synchronizes the drive unit of the chairlift with the geometry of the rail, thereby ensuring that the seat is directed through the stairwell by making maximum use of the limited space available. This technology qualified the Flow chairlift as the only possible chairlift solution to be installed in this particular environment.

For the installation of a “Flow” chairlift as a tailor-made product - accurate measurements are crucial for production of the rail - these are normally carried out by photogrammetric measurement systems. In the “Makkah Clock Tower” however it was not possible to carry out the survey computer assisted as neither the crescent on top of the building nor the claddings around the spire had been installed by that time. So, open-air at a height of 569 meters and exposed to strong winds, measurement of the entire staircase had to be performed by hand, making it a major challenge.

The final installation of the chairlift, the complete rail system with all 13 sections and 29 curves, was finished within just one week. Taking into consideration that the system had to be assembled and wired within the limited space available in the spiral stairwell, this is a remarkably short period.

So, all in all, the jury of the 16th Elevator World´s Project of the Year awards decided for “Makkah Clock Tower” as a first class reference project in the elevator industry from initial consultancy in finding the best suitable solution to the final installation.

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