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Old July 27th, 2006, 09:44 AM   #161
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^everything looks like a las vegas casino, theres not a building in the world they havent plagiarised.... what this looks like is the building which inspired a las vegas hotel
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Old July 27th, 2006, 10:59 AM   #162
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Does it really go that high, 485m??? It looks something like 300-350 m only.
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Old July 27th, 2006, 12:28 PM   #163
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Oh gosh! i just first to see this project.....absolutely great...
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Old July 27th, 2006, 02:32 PM   #164
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Updates please.
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Old July 27th, 2006, 03:25 PM   #165
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Looks like a Las Vegas Casino LOL
how dare u say something that Holy as a place where they do gambling, which is forbidden in Islam
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Old July 27th, 2006, 03:45 PM   #166
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how dare u say something that Holy as a place where they do gambling, which is forbidden in Islam
Oh calm down, a comparison of architecture isn't exactly an accusation of the betrayal of religious beliefs.
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Old July 27th, 2006, 03:50 PM   #167
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lol ok it jus seemed sarcastic as it is in large bold italic lettering
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Old July 27th, 2006, 03:54 PM   #168
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I absolutely love this building. It's islamic architecture is splendid. Highly situable for the Holy City of Mecca.
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Old July 27th, 2006, 06:36 PM   #169
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Honestly though, the project was getting a lot of criticisms from a variety of media and is seen as a controversial project. The Web Site of the Abraj Al Bait was also taken down from my understanding the kingdom was well aware of the flack it was recieving. There are a lot of Saudi Royal family haters out there and the kingdom is well aware of it. I guess the Royal family is after all prone to be pressured and influenced.
So their idea of calming down the hater is that instead of one very-tall but beautiful tower, it's better to have a not-so-very-tall but very ugly tower.

Oh well, this has to be the proof that NIMBY-ism ignores countries, races and religions altogether ^ ^

Anyway as can be seen in Saudy Guy's pic, it's gonna be utterly dominating in the cityscape, only difference is that now it's gonna be ugly too :-/
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Old July 28th, 2006, 07:14 AM   #170
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in latest b-monthly diagram updates the main tower Zam Zam is now 305m tall. gone is the 180m stepped section with ornamentation and spire. shame really.
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Old July 28th, 2006, 07:32 AM   #171
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Looks like a Las Vegas Casino LOL

Too right....its a nasty ensemble of islamic and western architecture, the sort of thing dubai's great at. Now saudi is following suit. Shame really. This of all places needed something of quality not brash ugly mirror glass and fake stone.
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Old July 28th, 2006, 05:48 PM   #172
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I don't like the new design at all.

it seems headcut
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Old July 28th, 2006, 06:15 PM   #173
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any updates?
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Old July 28th, 2006, 07:06 PM   #174
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Old July 28th, 2006, 07:12 PM   #175
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Zamzam Tower is one of 5 towers in the Al Beit Towers complex:

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Old July 29th, 2006, 01:35 AM   #176
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This redesign is awful. At least the original design was slightly better looking next to the place of Hajj pilgrimage (sorry, I don't know the name), this will be a monstrosity.
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Old August 1st, 2006, 11:16 PM   #177
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Lets clear things up..

Hey everybody, this is the NOT a re-design. It is actually the OLD design of Abraj Al Bait.

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Old August 2nd, 2006, 02:51 AM   #178
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If you're correct, you've brought hope back into this thread.
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Old August 2nd, 2006, 04:37 AM   #179
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hope so. now lets get proof. we need plans, we need photos.lol
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Old August 2nd, 2006, 05:59 AM   #180
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I think Ryadhi is right. Zam Zam is not the center tower, but is the tower on the right side in the back. I think these renders we are seeing, and the Zam Zam sites in general, date back to when the that tower was finalized but the rest of the complex had not been completely designed yet. Now this certainly is not proof, but the reason I think this is true is because of the following news link that has a tiny copy of the render in question, and is dated 2004:

http://www.oracle.com/global/uk/emea...y2004/crm.html
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