Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Estimated completion: 2010.
Usage: Multifunction / Versatile
Height Antenna / peak: 595 m (1952 ft).
Technical Details: Number of floors 76.
Company: Dar Al-Handasah Architect.
Contractor: Saudi Binladin Group.
The tower called Abraj Al-Bait or the “Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower” is going to be the second tallest building in the world. Besides height reaches 595 meters. The hotel buildings are located around the Kaaba has the world’s tallest clock tower.
Abraj Al Bait Towers is a building complex located in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and is currently under construction. The building complex was designed by the architects of Dar Al Handasah Architects and implementation of development carried out by the Saudi Binladin Group. Tower location is across the street Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest mosques.
Abraj Al Bait Towers built to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims who came to Mecca to perform the pilgrimage. Hospitality business which is becoming growing in the city is also not independent of the number of pilgrims this. In addition, the Abraj Al Bait Towers is also designed to be able to accommodate up to 100,000 people.
Mecca Royal Clock Tower or the Abraj Al Bait Towers will rise up to a total height of 662 meters plans, made of concrete and metal spire crescent-shaped high as 155 meters. If the finish area reached 1.5 million square meters.
There are seven towers with a hotel tower called the Tower has a height of more than 6 tower devoted to apartment (hotel tower height is 595 m). Hotel Tower will be a seven-star hotel. The building was under seven towers filled with 4 floor shopping center, conference rooms, and other facilities.
Abraj Al Bait Towers Construction began in 2004 ago, and gradually-the seventh stage of this tower will be completed and finished the last of the seven towers is Tower Hotel. This building complex is expected to be completed in 2009 or 2010 and construction costs estimated to range from $ 1.6 billion.
If the Abraj Al Bait Towers was successfully completed on time, it will be the tallest structure in Saudi Arabia and the second in the Middle East after the Burj Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and will be one of the tallest buildings in the world.
In the meantime, if the number of floors in the entire tower complex is calculated all, the total number is estimated at 1.455 million m2 floor and will be a building with a total floor widest in the world, more 470,000 m2 of Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Aalsmeer, the Netherlands became the holder record to date.
This project will also put hours on each side of the Hotel Tower. This clock has a length and a width of 80 meters. The fourth hour will be installed at a height of 530 meters, which would make the biggest and highest clock in the world. Planned hours will be 5 times larger than Big Ben in London.
Giant clock made in Germany it will be the largest in the world, with a width of 45 meters with a height of four on each side of the tower 43 meters. The clock will be visible from a distance of 17 kilometers at night and 11-12 miles during the day.
The seven-tower hotel complex is spent about 3 billion U.S. dollars. Complex as the Abraj Al Bait will contain 3000 rooms most of which overlook the Grand Mosque. In addition, the Abraj Al-Bait will have a 4-storey shopping mall and the parking area lot that can accommodate thousands of cars. Development aims to provide flexibility and convenience to the Hajj pilgrims in Mecca.
Building Specs & Comparison:
Clock Tower Height:Royal Mecca Clock Tower (the height added): 1970 ft
Diameter Hours: Royal Mecca: 151ft
Inscription: Royal Mecca: “In the name of Allah”
Lighting: Royal Mecca: 2,000,000 LED lights on the clock; 21,000 white and green lights that shine on the clock every day to remind 5x prayer time. 16 pieces of vertical lights will also radiate as far as 7 miles into the air in the days of the festival.
The fame of the other:
Royal Mecca: the largest of the seven towers that make up the complex Abraj al-Bait. It will be a giant shopping center, more than 2,000 hotel rooms, two helipads and a mosque that can accommodate up to 30,000 people. Hotels in the clock tower itself will have 800 rooms, while the Palace of Westminster has 1,100 rooms.