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Old October 15th, 2013, 06:26 AM   #6321
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Thats good news! We might see it rising in around 10 or 12 months hopefully...
Maybe this will happen the next 6 months already
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Old October 17th, 2013, 06:50 PM   #6322
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I can't wait until this is above ground. Then this forum can be about construction, not about environmental and cultural politics. Ridiculous.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 07:50 AM   #6323
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either you or your friend are lying, yes the situation for women in Saudi is bad but not to that degree, i have nieces of all ages and they spent all day yesterday between malls and restaurants getting ready for Eid, and this is the case for most families in Riyadh, arguably the most conservative city in the kingdom.
when will you people learn that Hollywood and late night shows are not a reliable source of information ?!
When you guys actually inform us. Other than the news where else do you expect the rest of the world to get it's information from? Saudi Arabia is doing nothing to inform the world. Do you expect for us to all be psychic?

Sorry for the off topic but I had this discussion with others on another thread, and they were "mad" that "we" don't understand what life really is like there. Well, how the hell are we supposed to know? Saudi Arabia is a very closed country and there is nothing coming from there other than famous terrorists and YouTube videos of car crashes. How can we know more than what YOU SHOW US????

Don't answer, I don't want to continue the off topic, but please understand my point.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 10:51 AM   #6324
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Kingdom tower is very good planning for the Govt by the Saudia
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Old October 19th, 2013, 12:12 PM   #6325
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I can't wait until this is above ground. Then this forum can be about construction, not about environmental and cultural politics. Ridiculous.
that for once was an amazing first post. welcome to the forum.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #6326
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its amazing !!!
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Old October 21st, 2013, 07:30 AM   #6327
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OMG!!!! unbelievable!!!
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Old October 21st, 2013, 05:03 PM   #6328
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Who is the Saudi government building this super-sized building for???? With a tiny population of only approximately 29 million people, they would definitely end up with empty ghost buildings. Its just a waste of money and resources.
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Old October 21st, 2013, 05:30 PM   #6329
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Who is the Saudi government building this super-sized building for???? With a tiny population of only approximately 29 million people, they would definitely end up with empty ghost buildings. Its just a waste of money and resources.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_City_(Jeddah)
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Old October 21st, 2013, 05:38 PM   #6330
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Who is the Saudi government building this super-sized building for???? With a tiny population of only approximately 29 million people, they would definitely end up with empty ghost buildings. Its just a waste of money and resources.

al waleed he is not from the government just because he is a prince doesn't make him from the government
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 09:25 AM   #6331
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Tiny population but a lot of rich people who can afford luxury to buy or rent a whole floor.... that is the difference......
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 03:53 PM   #6332
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Who is the Saudi government building this super-sized building for???? With a tiny population of only approximately 29 million people, they would definitely end up with empty ghost buildings. Its just a waste of money and resources.
They have considerable population growth.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:30 PM   #6333
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al waleed he is not from the government just because he is a prince doesn't make him from the government
You missed the main point. It is not about whether Al Waleed is a government official or not.
The point is; Is Saudi Arabia justified for approving the construction of such humongous project with only that small population size (29 million people only)??
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:54 PM   #6334
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You missed the main point. It is not about whether Al Waleed is a government official or not.
The point is; Is Saudi Arabia justified for approving the construction of such humongous project with only that small population size (29 million people only)??


You don't read very well do you? Why would Saudi Arabia NOT approve such a humongous project? It's not being built with Government money, so if one man wants to blow through some of his hard earned money, to put a certain part of your country on the map, in a BIG way, then why not? Are you old enough to remember Dubai in the 90's. There wasn't a whole lot going on over there including population. The way to attract people to a certain area, is to build stuff that will attract them. Do you think people are just supposed to pick up and move to a certain area, then live in tents in the middle of the desert and wait for housing or commercial entertainment to be built? No, its the other way around. It's not about how many people live there NOW, but about how many people will live there in the FUTURE. Like someone said above, it will attract people with lots and lots of money, many of whom may not even live there year round. Plus, for everything that is built, or person that visits, the Saudi Government stands to pocket some of their money as well. I really don't understand how a person doesn't understand how this works
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:01 PM   #6335
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Who is the Saudi government building this super-sized building for???? With a tiny population of only approximately 29 million people, they would definitely end up with empty ghost buildings. Its just a waste of money and resources.
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You missed the main point. It is not about whether Al Waleed is a government official or not.
The point is; Is Saudi Arabia justified for approving the construction of such humongous project with only that small population size (29 million people only)??
Well, you tried your best to turn around what you've said earlier with a totally different point
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 08:47 PM   #6336
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You missed the main point. It is not about whether Al Waleed is a government official or not.
The point is; Is Saudi Arabia justified for approving the construction of such humongous project with only that small population size (29 million people only)??
And does anyone seem to care about that at all?
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 12:21 AM   #6337
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Saudi Arabia is full of extremely rich sheiks with immense wealth from oil money, they have a big gap between the rich & poor, which is a bit dangerous for their society long-term. They are also a fairly closed country, one of the few absolute monarchies left in the world. The Kingdom Tower will be an achievement for the ruling House of Saud.

It will probably be mostly for native Saudis & cronies & friends/business partners of the royal family. Unlike many other dictatorships however, they can afford to buy off those who might protest them, with their oil money. But it won't last forever.

Now to Kingdom Tower itself. I like the design. Interesting that they are putting it in Jeddah & not Riyadh..Perhaps for domestic/economic reasons. I wonder how it will compare with the Burj Dubai in terms of construction, techniques, etc..One thing about the Burj Dubai has going for it is that Dubai is a much more open liberal country than Saudi Arabia, so they get a lot more international visits. The Kingdom Tower in the context of Saudi Arabia's political situation seems mostly for it's own citizens and not as a tourist attraction, of course it probably will draw people wanting to see the new world's tallest once completed..
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 12:35 AM   #6338
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I guess some muslim pilgrims visiting Mecca will visit the tower as well. But of course it won't be accessible for regular tourists like you or me.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 12:49 AM   #6339
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Honestly, I expect Jeddah to become more and more like Dubai as the years come. Perhaps that's the reason for choosing Jeddah over Riyadh. Plus, Jeddah is Prince Alwaleed's birth place. One is on the ocean, which would attract more tourism like Dubai and the other is dead smack in the middle of Saudi Arabia. Nobody wants to visit a city with no ocean nearby unless it has something else to offer then heat and sand

Also, I know it's hard to believe, but there are people in Saudi Arabia that have money, that doesn't come from oil. It's a rather small percentage, but they do exist
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 01:17 AM   #6340
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The only think I hope for is that once this thing is build and became "the tallest tower you can't visit" the media will pick up on this and the embarrassment for the SA government will be to big to bear to the extend that they will actually change the visa regulations.

Of course that's just wishful thinking on my part.
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