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Jabal Omar( Design by Ken Yeang!)



T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn Bhd
Jabal Omar Towers
Mecca, Saudi Arabia


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Seven 35-storey apartment towers
Two 50-storey hotel towers
Four 15-storey hotel blocks
4 storeys Retail concourse


The proposed development at Jabal Omar uses the mountain crest to define the site into 2 parts, one facing al-Haram and the other sloping away from al-Haram. The parts of the development facing al-Haram contains the concourse and pedestrian links to al-Haram. Hotel and apartment towers are situated over the mountain crest, limited by our new ?rim? height for maximum views. The Western side of the development is for car parking and vehicular access.


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The Haram is surrounded by five mountains that forms an existing ?rim? to the Al-Haram area. Our urban design strategy is to build the inevitable high-rises fixed by a height-limit that will create a new ?protective rim? around al-Haram. This will avoid a rampant disorganized skyline around the holy area. A new benchmark building height is thus derived from the average height of the five mountains (450 meter) as the new height limit for future development of the sites surrounding al-Haram. Only one or two exceptional towers at preselected locations may exceed this height limit to give some diversity to the skyline resembling the minarets of the traditional mosque.

The towers have single rooms or apartments that are shaped for maximum facade area with views towards al-Haram, using a number of tower topologies (i.e. the ?A?, ?V?, ?H?, ?M? and composite shapes).


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The concourse, a central promenade, at level 2 acts as a ?collector? to collect pilgrims from all the towers, who are directed to the 2 ?chutes? to al-Haram. A combination of elevators, escalators, travelators and pedestrian routes is used for reducing the travel time. Travel time analyses have been studied to verify the time needed to reach the Haram from the rooms of each tower. Alternative prayer zones are also provided. The hotel towers have ramps within the central atrium that connects to prayer rooms located at every 5 floors. A prayer terrace on the roof of the concourse offers an alternative prayer zone: a public, open area shaded by buildings and palms planted around it with a view to al-Haram.

Tower built forms with single-loaded rooms or apartments are shaped for maximum facade area with views towards al-Haram, using a number of tower topologies (i.e. the ?A?, ?V?, ?H?, ?M? and composite shapes).

As a passive low-energy air-conditioning design, ?evaporative cooling shafts? are located within the towers to provide cool air to the circulation spaces and to supplement the air conditioning of the rooms and to the green gardens below.


Photo courtesy T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn Bhd

A green park environment is created for pilgrims, by landscaping of the car parking block roofs and the concourse roof. These are connected via landscaped bridges. The water supply for greening of the development comes from the recycled ?gray? water of the development. The concept seeks to create a balanced ?ecosystem? on the site of both organic and inorganic aspects of the ecological environment. At its simplistic level of sustainable design, the landscaping over the roofs literally provides a ?green? scheme. By covering the parking areas with earth and greenery the parking can be excluded from the plot ratio calculation; thereby increasing the Developer?s permitted commercial area.

Areas:
Gross 878,880 square meters
Net: 565,650 square meters
Prayer Terraces and landscaped gardens: 94,000 square meters
Parking: 309,000 square feet
Site Area: 232,000 square meters

Dates: Start of construction 2001

Client:
Makkah Construction and Development Company

T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn Bhd
(Company Nº. 41743A)
No. 8 Jalan 1, Taman Sri Ukay, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-457 1966 Fax: 603-456 9330/456 1005

Project Team:
Principal-in-charge: Dr Ken Yeang
Project Architect: Andy Chong
Design Director: Ridzwa Fathan
Design Architects: Portia Reynolds, Kenneth Cheong
Design Team:
Ong Eng Huat
Ng Chee Hui
Lena Ng
Peter Fajak
Loh Hock Jin
Shahrul Kamaruddin
Maulud Tawang
Wong Yee Wah
Celine Verissimo
Drafting:
Mah Lek
Loh Mun Chee
Margaret Ng

C&S and M&E: Saudi Consulting Services (Riyadh)
Bioclimatic Consultant: Battle McCarthy Consulting Engineers (London) Dr Baruch Givoni (California) Perspectives Illustrator: Peter Edgeley (Melbourne) Landscape Consultant: Simon Saw Landscape & Planning (KL)
Photography: K. L. Ng Photography
Model Maker: Technibuilt Sdn Mhd

August 26, 2001
 

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LATEST NEWS regarding Jabal Omar!

Sunday, 10, April, 2005 (01, Rabi` al-Awwal, 1426)


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Talks Under Way to Select Firm to Manage Jabal Omar Project
Galal Fakkar, Arab News


MAKKAH, 10 April 2005 — Jabal Omar Development Company is holding talks with international construction firms specialized in management and technical review of giant projects prior to signing an agreement to manage its SR10 billion project in Makkah.

Abdul Rahman Faqeeh, chairman of the company’s constituent committee, told Arab News that he had held talks recently with a Malaysian team of experts representing major real estate contracting and management companies as part of efforts to select companies making good offers.

“Once an international company is selected we’ll reach an agreement with them to manage the project,” Faqeeh said, adding that contracts will be awarded to different firms specialized in landscaping, sewage systems, electricity and water supply, bridges and tunnels.

Faqeeh described Jabal Omar as one of the largest real estate development projects near the Grand Mosque in Makkah. Faqeeh had visited a number of countries to invite companies specialized in construction and management.

The Jabal Omar Development Company is a joint stock company under establishment. About 99 percent of real estate owners in the Jabal Omar area are shareholders in the company. “These owners have been provided with financial incentives including payment of amounts they used to receive as rents,” Faqeeh said.

Last week the second installment worth SR5 million was paid to 21 shareholders.

Abdul Rahman Fairouz, one of such shareholders, said he was owning the property along Ibrahim Khalil Street for more than 100 years. “I joined the project because of my confidence in the project and the need to develop the area around the Haram Mosque,” he said. Efforts are under way to remove some 585 buildings in the area to carry out the project.
 

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ZAM ZAM TOWERS!

About ZamZam Tower

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz laid down the cornerstone for this project on November 28, 2002, announcing the commencement of the construction work which is estimated to be handed over, Allah willing, in 2006.

This project is constructed on a plot of land belonging to the late King Abdul Aziz endowments whose properties are invested for the sake of the Holy Mosques in Mecca. Being constructed as B.O.T. (Building Operating Turning over), Zamzam Tower will be first project in Mecca to be executed as B.O.T. This project will be available for utilization for a period of 24 years.

Munshaat Real Estate Projects Company has invested in Zamzam Tower whose area mounting to 91,326 square Meters. The leased area will be 31 floors Containing 1240 luxurious residential Suites.

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Progress taken this year( or last year)

 

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the middle east has a huge construction boom these days and is undergoing a massive change

unfortunately it is very hard to gather info about projects in these cities, especially saudi arabia

the zamzam tower aka abraj al bait will be one hell of a massive complex, reaching for the sky at 485m

one day it will be the world's 2nd tallest
 

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Dubai-Lover said:
the zamzam tower aka abraj al bait will be one hell of a massive complex, reaching for the sky at 485m

one day it will be the world's 2nd tallest
In this update you can read it will be 31 storey tall. Are you sure it is the same development ? Has is been massively scaled down or what ?
 

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great mashala ... Mecca needs new buildings :) Due to te increasing numbers of pilgrims
 

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There's so much goin on in Mecca that nobody knows about, you'll be surprised at how much they're spending. It's definately one of the fastest places developing on earth.
 
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