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World's Tallest Clock Tower in Makkah (Mecca)

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower is the third tallest building in the world and the biggest clock tower, now standing at 601 meters high it is 83 meters taller than the Taipei Tower in Taiwan but still shorter than the Burj Dubai (or Burj Khalifa) which stands at a huge 828 meters.

Some sites are claiming that this iconic skyscraper was completed in 2012, however with all previous dates missed and work still ongoing I think these claims were a little premature! After all they had a huge party to celebrate the clock tower becoming operational but we have yet to see any announcement or celebration for the completion of the towers themselves. Maybe they were embarrassed by all of the delays!

The Mecca Clock tower is part of the Abaj Al-Bait (or Al-Bayt) project just 50M in front of the Grand Mosque in Makkah (Mecca), the site that all Muslims must face to pray 5 times per day, their holiest of shrines. The clock tower itself will be used for the call to prayer within the city of Makkah or Mecca.

The Clock will be lit and visible from around 17 kilometers away at night and up to 12 km during the day, the Clock is six times the size of Big Ben's clock.

If you are an expat working in Saudi Arabia or someone wishing to visit this truly awe inspiring building then be warned, unless you are a Muslim you will be unable to enter the holy city. The roads into this area are dotted with checkpoints to ensure that only the faithful enter. I once got lost trying to navigate past and stopped at the checkpoint into Makkah, I was forced back into my car at gunpoint and sent on my way without directions by these humble, helpful, forgiving people.

Going to Makkah

If you want to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia either for work or to visit this iconic building then this guide to Saudi Visas may be of help.

Rules to follow in Makkah

There are many rules and regulations that you need to be aware of in Saudi Arabia, not following them could very quickly get you into serious trouble; read this about working in Saudi Arabia to keep you on the right side of Saudi traditions and laws.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Completion

Well we are now moving through 2015 and the building work does now seem on the whole complete, previous dates in 2010 and 2011 and 2012 have all passed without any formal announcement.

As with all other projects in the region it has been plagued with many delays and has even had three fires within the towers the latest only being in march of 2011.

The building has however reached its full height of some 601M which is far shorter than the originally planned 734M.

They were to have the clock up and running during Ramadan 2010 but failed to do so and things have gone very quiet! The clock itself was finally inaugurated in 2011 finally during Eid with a massive party and fireworks display.

I was looking forward to the opening party as I am sure it will be huge (if they have one), but unfortunately I will have to watch the video afterwards as I am not Muslim so I will not be able to enter the Holy city.

Some websites have reported that the building was completed within 2012 however I have not seen any official announcement to that effect and there certainly has not yet been any party to celebrate the completion of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower. I think maybe there has been some embarrassment due to the many delays so they have i think just kept with the inauguration of the clock to minimize any poor publicity.

Inaugaration of the Makkah Clock

Satelite View of Makkah Clock Tower

Views of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower

View Of the Makkah Clock Royal Tower
View Of the Makkah Clock Royal Tower | Source
Abrj Al-Bait Development Mecca
Abrj Al-Bait Development Mecca | Source

Abrj Al-Bait Development and the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project

The Abrj Al-Bait project is one of the world's biggest development projects covering over 1.4 million square meters. It will have over 6000 units of housing and have seven towers forming the central area. The Abrj Al-Bait towers will house a 3000 room hotel complex, most of the rooms overlooking the Haram with views of the holy Kaaba. Construction firms such as Saudi's Bin-Laden group are involved in this massive project which they claim can house some 100,000 people.

The development also contains a prayer room which will accommodate some 10,000 Muslims for prayer.

There are some 500 food and retail outlets within the development to keep most people busy on a minor shopping spree inside their 5 storey shopping mall.


Makkah Clock Tower Vs Big Ben

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel - The Fairmont Makkah

The central tower houses the worlds tallest hotel, the Fairmont Makkah, or the Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel.Standing 601 meters tall with 76 stories of hotel it will be the central part of the Abj Al-Bait complex. It will replace the 333 meter Rose Rayhaan in Dubai as the worlds tallest hotel, the Rose having only been opened at the start of 2010.

The Fairmont Makkah, now operational, has 858 rooms serviced by 76 elevators and is available for any muslims visiting the Kabah or the historic town of Mecca. You can check them out on Facebook also.

The Clock Faces of Makka Clock Tower

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World Record Clock Face
World Record Clock Face | Source
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Clock Face | Source
Lighting for Mecca Clock Face
Lighting for Mecca Clock Face | Source
Fitting the lights on the Mecca Clock Tower faces
Fitting the lights on the Mecca Clock Tower faces | Source
Lit Makkah Clock Face
Lit Makkah Clock Face | Source

The Makkah Clock

The Clock Faces will sit at a height of 380 Meters on all sides of the royal tower and be visible from up to 17km during the night. The two largest faces will be 80m by 65m with an actual clock face of 39M Diameter. The "smaller" two faces being 65m by 39m with a clock face of 25m diameter. Designed by Swiss engineering firm Straintec the clock will be the biggest in the world.

Each Clock Face will bear the Name of Allah and an Observation platform will be sited just 5m below each face served by two lifts.

The clock faces are lit with a huge array of lights ensuring that they are visible during the hours of darkness.

Putting The Hands on The Mecca Clock Tower

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Positioning the Clock Hands on the Makkah Clock Royal Tower
Positioning the Clock Hands on the Makkah Clock Royal Tower | Source
Raising the Hands of the Royal Clock Tower in Mecca
Raising the Hands of the Royal Clock Tower in Mecca | Source
Royal Clock Tower Makkah
Royal Clock Tower Makkah | Source

View from the Makkah Clock Tower, The Biggest Clock Tower in the World

Lunar Observatory and Islamic Museum at the Makkah Clock Royal Tower

In addition to the worlds largest clock tower to call all muslims to prayer the development will also boast a lunar observation center which will be used for sighting the moon for holy months, and an Islamic Museum to protect the heritage of Muslims for future generations.

The Tower will be equipped to shoot 16 beams of light 10km into the night sky on special occasions.

View of the Makkah Clock Royal Tower

Makkah Time vs Greenwich Mean Time at the Clock Royal Tower

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) has long been the time the time standard that we have all set out clocks to, however the Islamic scholars are now stating that as Makkah is the true center of the world we should all move over to "Makkah Time".

So watch this space to see if the worlds tallest clock tower also becomes the time keeper for the whole world!

Makkah Clock Tower Views

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View of the Haram from the Makkah Clock tower
View of the Haram from the Makkah Clock tower | Source
The top of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower
The top of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower | Source
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower | Source
View of Makkah Clock Tower and Haram
View of Makkah Clock Tower and Haram | Source

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Construction and Views

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Makkah Clock Royal Tower Under Construction
Makkah Clock Royal Tower Under Construction | Source
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Makkah Clock Tower Views | Source
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Makkah Views | Source
Mecca Clock Royal Tower Views
Mecca Clock Royal Tower Views | Source

Location of Makkah Saudi Arabia

A markermakkah -
Mecca Saudi Arabia
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Mecca Clock Tower is located here.

Working on the Makkah Clock Tower

If you would like to work on projects such as this massive tower in Makkah then this guide to finding work in Saudi Arabia will be of help.

Is Makkah now just for the Rich?

With the construction of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower reaching completion there are voices being raised about how this development and others within the city are trying to profit from their religion. The rentals within the new mall are claimed to be exorbitant and I know for a fact that the costs of apartments within the clock tower itself are huge compared to any other development in the kingdom.

People are claiming that the divide between rich and poor within the kingdom and the religion is growing due to the government and the developers trying to profit from the annual pilgrimages to this holy city. They fear that these developments will prevent the poorer elements from ever being able to visit!

Makkah Clock Royal Tower

Do you think that this iconic building should have been built?

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If you have strong feelings either way please feel free to leave a comment below about the Makkah Clock Royal tower.

More Saudi Arabia Information when visiting the Makkah Clock Tower

If you are considering visiting the Makkah Royal Clock Tower firstly you had best be a Muslim as only the faithful are allowed to enter the holy city and secondly you had best be prepared for the very different way of life that you are going to encounter.

Saudi Arabia is unlike any other country in the world, the weather is extreme and the rules and culture are completely alien to many of us. Before you consider traveling you should do your research and prepare yourself for what you will encounter there in KSA. Take the time to read this Expatriate guide for Saudi Arabia even if you are going on pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj.)

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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

These are so amazing! Thank you.


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dashingclaire 6 years ago from United States

I agree w/Wendy Krick that's awesome!


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Wendy and Claire, thank you for your comments. Stop by again some time as I will update this hub as things develop.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

So that's where all the oil money wait in the race to see who has the biggest clock. To think Beg Ben was the biggest clock once. Great pictures and story explaining the biggest clock tower in the world.


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

That is a cool clock.


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humagaia 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Great resource. Funnily enough I was involved with trying to secure finance for this project through my business contacts. Lost sight of it after the finance had been secured. Good to see that progress has been made. But I wonder where all this competition to be the highest, tallest, longest, strangest building will end. Perhaps the next one will be the largest single story building in the world, covering an entire country. What a shopping mall that would be for Ramadan!


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thanks for your comments billy, it is a great sight, but I will only ever see it in photographs as I am not a Muslim. They only allow Muslims into Makkah. As to the biggest, they are now planning a "mile high" tower here in Jeddah to be the worlds tallest.


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

John B Badd, thanks for stopping by, that is a huge clock as well as a cool one!


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Humagaia, it is a very small world.. I think this project has a $6 billion budget! Not small money that is for sure. They are building whole cities here from the oil money, and to ensure that they have an industrial future after the oil runs out. As to the future, we are looking at a Mile High tower here in Jeddah, work to start soon..


kumonah 6 years ago

Makkah in the center of the world, so should be the greatest hour in the world

i love makkah


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

I just wish I could go visit myself, but as a non-Muslim I am not allowed. Maybe in the future that will change as I would love to see what will be come one of the wonders of the modern world.

Thank you for visiting Kumonah.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey LeanMan, that's a tad big. LOL! Great information on the Clock Tower. Just viewing the pictures alone, it's an impressive size. I'm in America, so measuring things by meters isn't easily translated for me, while reading. But, it's a safe bet to see that it's huge. Thank you. I learned something new today and that I'm grateful for. :)


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

1893 feet is how tall the Makkah clock tower is in feet to answer your inquiry Cags, I hope that makes it easier to visualize, the Sears tower being 1451 feet.

Thank you for stopping by to read.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Tony, how are you, hope you're good, this is awesome, Maita


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Hi PDH, I am great thanks Maita. Looking forward to reading more of your works of art. Thanks for stopping by to look at the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, the biggest clock tower in the world!


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Makkah Clock Royal Tower::Biggest clock tower in the world::Pictures, beautiful, just beautiful. Wonderful design work. Neat trivia read.

K9


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thank you for stopping by K9, I think we will hear much more about the Makkah Clock Tower as they try to establish Makkah time rather than GMT..


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

Very interesting hub about the Makkah Clock Tower. I enjoyed reading it and the photographs brought everything into prospective


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thank you for stopping by Viking, I am glad that you enjoyed the pictures of the Makkah Clock Royal Tower.


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glendoncaba 6 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

Thanks for a trip into Mecca. Well written hub with great pics. I wonder if there is something portentous about Mecca being seen as the centre of world. You may want to explain that in a future hub.


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thank you Glendoncaba, I will be doing some additional hubs on Makkah in the near future, thanks for coming by.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

WOW the Makkah Clock Royal Tower is amazing I really enjoyed seeing the mechanics of it and putting the hands on the clock. Terrific article, photos and a must see to put on the list. Peace :)


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Hi Katie, I would love to go see this for myself but only Muslims are allowed into Makkah so I will have no chance of seeing this magnificent Clock tower.


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Smart Rookie 6 years ago

The Makkah Royal Tower is amazing!


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thanks for your comments Rookie, It will be the biggest clock tower in the world, many times bigger than Big Ben in London. But then that is what the royals here want, they want to show that they can do anything bigger and better than anywhere else.

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower Fairmont Hotel will be the highest most prestigious hotel here in the Kingdom and probably the world.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Nice hub, I like the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, this is very unique. I really love seeing the buildings and architecture of other countries.


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

It is a pity that so many will never be able to visit this huge building, the government here in Saudi Arabia will not allow non-muslims into Makkah so we will never get to see the Makkah Clock Royal Tower.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good information. My biggest dream is traveling to Mecca. As the Holy city of Muslim and as the Muslim people I am proud wit this Clock. I hope this clock become an icon of the Middle East. Thank you very much. I really enjoy all the picture you gave to us....amazing. This is a big project my friend. Thumbs up for you.

Prasetio


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Prasetio I hope that you realise your dream and get to travel to Mecca. I know that this clock tower will be a huge asset to the middle east, the whole development will break many world records and will got a massive amount of coverage when it is completed.


rabnaz 6 years ago

u r not lean man....u r tall man...dear


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Rabnaz. Thank you for reading, I am tall man, lol, but not as tall as the world's tallest clock tower. I can't wait to see it completed.


sharif 6 years ago

This art. is not only proud for Saudi arabia but also fo people of world. not also for muslim but also for all religious people.............thank u saudi arabia for build such kind of art. please carry on.................


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thank you for reading and commenting Sharif, I would agree that this clock tower is going to be a huge work of art, but it is not going to be for the world if only Muslims are ever going to be able to see it, the entrance to Makkah (Mecca) is strictly controlled.


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CheapInMadrid 6 years ago from Madrid,Spain

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower is definitely very impressive.Pity it wont be as easy for everyone and aynone to go visit it,as much as for example Big Ben.Excellent work,especially on the civil works pictures!!


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kulonuwun 6 years ago

wow.. awesome pictures! thx for share!


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

CheapinMadrid and Kulonuwun, thank you for reading and commenting.


Rizky 6 years ago

I'm a muslim, and I hate how Saudi Arabia banned non muslims from entering Mecca. It is actually based on a verse in Quran that said "non believers shouldn't enter Mecca", but the 'non believers' here actually refers to the persecutor of Muslim during the time of Muhammad when muslims are only a bunch of people. Even Muhammad allowed non muslim that has no evil intention to enter Mecca back there in the past! (when he just won a war). Arab people, why do you keep making image of Islam worsen?????

Anyhoo, I don't really dig the design of the clock and the entire building. I think it's horrible, like a monster... but dunno, maybe I'll changed my mind.


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Hi Rizky, thank you for reading and commenting, maybe one day the Saudi Government will allow access to Mecca for Non-Muslims, but I think it will be way off in the future.

As to the design, I just wish I could see it through more than photos to get a better appreciation of how it looks.


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pakpub 6 years ago from Ohio

I have never heard of the Makkah Clock Royal Tower. The pictures were great. Nice hub.


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thanks for reading Pakpub, I am sure that there will be much more about the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in the news as it nears completion.


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FLYSCO 6 years ago from Kings Cross, London

Fantastic engineering feat! I really enjoyed your tour :)


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Flysco, the Makkah clock royal tower is certainly a huge project.. thanks for stopping by to read.


Ben 6 years ago

Interesting Hub, thanks, i always thought that big Ben was the biggest. looks amazing.


Sksjsu 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing this...I'm a Muslim and pray that I can go see this ... One thing does sadden me, with all the chaos going on in the Muslim countries and the constant bad publicity that good Muslims living in western countries ate having to deal with.... This "Richest" Muslim nation on the entire planet does NOTHING to help Islam or Muslims outside it's own economic borders....with all that is happening... What good is yet another expensive looking hotel or mall to the fellow Muslims around the world... another WOW factor? Yippi....


Faust 6 years ago

It is a waste of money- one of the biggest sins in Islam! No good.:((((


TAYYAb 6 years ago

May ALLAH take us all to MAKKAH & MADINA and show us his blessings and i am very happpy to see this largest clock tower of the world that shows allah is greater than us all


Abdullah 6 years ago

I had visited the site recently and really its a great work, can't deny the mechanics of such a huge clock. For all those who are non-muslims, I think any government of Saudi Arabia will not allow you to enter in the city. So, you have 2 options, either be part of Islam or just wait till they design a virtual tour of it. Mind it, virtual tour is not real...


fify  5 years ago

hye... im already visit makkah clock tower... OMG its so beautiful... really love it.. :)


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LeanMan 5 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thanks for your feedback Fify, it is good to know that all looks good...

It is just a pity that non-muslims are not allowed to visit.


khaduimhussain.baloach 5 years ago

Very wonderful and interesting sign of Islam.I am very glade I pray to my Almighty Allah to provide me achance to see this glorious clock tower with my eyes,Aamin.Insha AQlla.


RAJA FROM PAKISTAN 5 years ago

I AM VERY PROUD THAT --ALLAH ---BORN ME IN MUSLIM FAMILY---AND GIVE DEGNITY TO MECCA AL-MUKRAMA @ MEDINA AL -MUNAWRA IN THE WORLD----I ALWAYS PRAY @ MY GREAT ALLAH------------


scheurerd 5 years ago

engineered by Scheurer Design & Eng.

http://scheurer.design.officelive.com/default.aspx


Bassam 5 years ago

Hi there,

I am from makkah and close of this zone.

(IF YOU WANT ANY INFORMATION ABOUT IT I'M READY)


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LeanMan 5 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thank you for reading Bassam, would love to get some feedback about what is going on from a local, please feel free to leave some extended comments about the royal clock tower there in Makkah.


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

Dear LeanMan

Beautiful article. I wish you would update to make it current. Its no longer 2010 but 2012, its no longer to be but is. Clock tower is huge, add more facts please. Thanks, Marwan


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LeanMan 5 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thank you for your comments Marwan, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower is still unfinished and un-launched, with still no clear defined date given. As too more facts; well there is only so much you can put on one page without sending someone to sleep!


MOHAMMAD SHAHJAHAN 5 years ago

masha ALLAH....


nimra 5 years ago

i am a muslim and i love those who r non muslims and tries to have a look in muskin harmony..


asad 5 years ago

thanks lean for posting these great art


asif 5 years ago

HEY LEANMAN

SUBHANALLAH WHY R U NOT ACCEPT ISLAM


yashajat 5 years ago

Ta leanman ,I am proud to see non muslims sharing the same desire(to visit the baitullaah (house of Allah) ,)hope and pray that.Allah invites u to his house. Welldone keep it up


MUJEEBU RAHMAN 5 years ago

OHH,,, WONDERFULL,AMAZING


ANVARPOOKKODAN@GMAIL.COM 5 years ago

What a fantastic reality !


mamoon rasheed 5 years ago

AMAZING VIEW. NICE LOCATION.


 Muhammad Humayun Khan 5 years ago

i am working the Makkah clock. by the site Engineer.


bilal malik 5 years ago

i think the great people seeing the makkah. I love these people.


BADARUDDIN, MALAYSIA 5 years ago

THANK YOU ALLAH, YOU BORN ME IN ISLAM. I HAD ALREADY ENTER TO HOLLY LAND MECCA AND MADINAH ASA HAJJ PILGRIM ON PAST 2008. WHILE I WAS THERE THIS HUGE CLOCK IS NOT INSTALL YET. THE CONSTRUC IS ON GOING. PROUD AS MUSLIM TO THE DEVELOPMENT INI HOLLY LAND. MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU ALL. THANKS


hassan 5 years ago

i like it


raja muhammad fahim 5 years ago

MashaALLAH......

it will be the one of the best tower of the world and i can proud on this just because of Muslims.....


ahmad 5 years ago

This is a total surprise to me and I try to keep on all kinds of things, especially news about Islam. I have to say I am very distressed over this. The whole appeal of Mecca is the Kabbah and now they have OVERWHELMED the sacred house with this monster building. The picture from the top of the tower shows this in great perspective.

I am just concerned that the people in power in Saudi Arabia allowed this. Build your big clock anywhere else, but not 50 meters from the Kaabah. I also cant believe this is the only comment with this concern


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LeanMan 5 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Ahmad, whilst not a Muslim I can sympathize with your concern, if not careful the Makkah Clock Tower and the new malls will become the focus of the attention and awe for pilgrims rather than the Kabbah!

In England, the main cathedral and seat of the Archbishop is in Canterbury, within this city no building is allowed to be built too high to obscure the view of this magnificent cathedral, planning controls ensure that unlike other UK cities the heights of buildings are kept below the height of the cathedral. developments that are allowed have to keep within very strict standards and not detract from the many historical buildings within the city.

It seems to me (and others) that the Saudi Government have gone all out to impress and profit from this and other projects in the city of Makkah with little thought for what is being either destroyed or overshadowed! After all this hotel will not be used by the average pilgrim, the prices charged will be very much aimed at the richest of the visitors to the city.


Visitor 5 years ago

One of the signs of kiamat is that there will be many tall structures.


Muslim 5 years ago

Just came back from Makkah. This towering monstrosity proves saudi self-appointed "royal family" wasting money and space. Visitors who can't afford the exorbitant hotel rates find themselves miles away from the holy mosque and have to walk for miles to & fro 5 times a day! Islam's history and heritage sites are being destroyed and replaced with convention-style money-making hotels and malls. Makkah and Madinah have turned into "tourist" resorts.


sal2makkah 5 years ago

Dear LianMan,if you are muslim definatelly whatever positif things that you wrote here about holy land will reward you jannah(heaven).Please read our QURAN you will find answers about anything you wanted to know about muslim plus about holy land as well.its holy city for muslim in this world..


Ali Hyder Larik 5 years ago

good


sohail 4 years ago

LeanMan u are stuppid man y are u talking aginaist islam


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LeanMan 4 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Hi Sohail, thanks for reading about the Makkah royal clock tower, not sure what your comments are about as I have not said anything against Islam! I respect the religion the same as you would respect other peoples religions!


Meshari Alkredees 4 years ago

Hi Bro,

I'm a Saudi guy and live in America for studying. I didn't see the tower till month ago. It was amazing what I saw. But, I didn't expect that would it be a big deal for everybody as it's now. Great Pic. and great work.. Keep up.

Thanks


inamullah 4 years ago

Subhanalla the great muslims and great tower for muslims ummah. we can say just ALLAH is the greatest no one as Allah anywhere so say all ... ALLAH AKBAR ,,,,


badshah sultan 4 years ago

that's the fantastic and these seem amazing wow! great


Ramiz Ahmed 4 years ago

Really Nice Collection and Thnx For Sharing LeanMan


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RAMIZ ANSARI 4 years ago from Pakistan

It really is Nice and Thnx for Sharing LeanMan


Immy 4 years ago

I agree with Lean Man. I am a muslim and travelling to Mecca this week. I've been reading and looking at pictures of this clock tower but there is a sticking point.. The tower overshadows the bigger attraction of the holy mosque. In all its grandeur, and world records, lets hope it doesn't. In Medina, the buildings around the are pretty much the same size so not to obscure the view too much of the prophets mosque. Excellent photos and write up though Lean Man.


curious one 4 years ago

Interesting building but the comments about the centre of the world are providing much humour for the aliens looking down upon this odd race of humans. Ignorance and blind faith will be the death of our existence.


ASIF 4 years ago

AWESOME PICTURES GREAT SIGHT....BUT TRUTH TO BE TOLD IT WAS A HOLY PLACE FOR US LONG BEFORE ALL THESE GLAMOUR AND ISLAM TEACHES US NOT TO SIT ON DINNER TABLE BEFORE MAKING SURE YOUR NEIGHBOURS ARE FEED ALL THESE SPENDID AND THERE ARE PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO COULD USE THIS MONEY TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE...........LEANMAN I FEEL EMBARESSED THAT THEY DON ALLOW NON MUSLIMS TO GO THERE...THAT'S NOT VERY ISALmic...PEACE BE UPON YOU BROTHER


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LeanMan 4 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thanks for your comments Asif, Maybe allowing non-Muslims into places like this would get more to convert your faith. I would have loved to come and see this magnificent building and of course the other sights within Makkah.


Mohammmed 4 years ago

LeanMan,

Come to Saudi and I will escort you to that building without any problems. You're not the first christian to be there nor the last one.

Regards


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LeanMan 4 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Hi Mohammed, thanks for the offer, next time I am in the area I may take you up on your offer.


jackkk 4 years ago

Hi. I'm muslim and I think this building is the most bloody awful and atrocious building I have never seen... in the most holy place in the earth.

These fraudulous najdi peasant "kings" don't know nothing about art and style. Moreover they practise a BORGIA/MEDICIS version of PROTESTANT WAHHABI ISLAM.

The blessed prophet peace be upon him said that it's a sign of the end of history :

"When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah. " (Sahih Bukhari) (Note that the 2 tallest buildings in the world belong to Najdis ex-black camel shepherd which made a fortune in petrodollars: Burj Khalifa in Dubai and this one)

I pray Allah to deliver Hijaz and the Holy mosques of this fraudulous Zionist-Saudi-bling-bling tyranny.


jackkk 4 years ago

Oh! And sorry LeanMan, I forgot to thank you for your article and for being so open-minded (I can see this in the comments) God bless you.


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LeanMan 4 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Hi Jackkk, I guess from the tone of this comment that you are one of those that does not like the Makkah clock tower and all of the associated complex.


fazrin 4 years ago

hi, lean man y dont u accept islam ,thank you very much for watchinh this,,


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LeanMan 4 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Hi fazrin, no one has given me a good reason for accepting Islam or any other religion.


A-Almazrouei 4 years ago

I will travel to Mecca after 12 days

I love Mecca

I love this great bulding its a Mircle.

I love Mecca when Muslims come all over the world, its be crowded.

I love when Al sudais say " Allah Akbar " billion of Muslims stand in one minute to say the pray.

Its really a mircle.

Thank you for your report.


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LeanMan 4 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Thank you for reading A Almazrouei, please give us your impressions of the clock tower after you have visited also.


Fatima 4 years ago

In my humble opinion, Makkah did not need any landmark because the Kaabah is already there. It should have been built in Jeddah rather than Makkah.

And Mr. Leanman, there are a thousand reasons to revert to Islam if u get the right guidance and practicing Muslims around u


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LeanMan 4 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Hi Fatima, many people seem to share your opinion regarding the clock tower there in Makkah. But of course Jeddah will soon be seeing the new "mile high" tower.

As to converting I would need a lot of persuasion to join ANY religion the way that some people use religions.


Fatima 4 years ago

Well, if Jeddah's mile high tower is going to break all records, then the Saudis know better for building the Makkah Clock Royal Tower.

Well, why look at the people ? Why not the religion and it's teachings ? I could suggest a website if u r interested.


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LeanMan 4 years ago from At the Gemba Author

I look forward to the start of the tower in Jeddah, it will certainly be something to look at I am sure.


Moiz 4 years ago

So amazing


tower man 3 years ago

love it better tower next to holy haram


Abdullah 3 years ago

It's great, i went up on the crescent once, super high, was sweating and shaking the entire time. Surpassed only by burj Khalifa and the Tokyo skytree as higher constructions. I know a friend who took an "infidel" in twice. This whole "muslims only" is a hyperbole, but the laws are there, so don risk it.

These constructions have stripped Mekkah and Medina and their holy sites of any spirituality and architectural heritage, these two cities received special care for 1400 years. Before the house of Saud took over, they had their own unique architecture and many historical sites,which pissed off the turks and the Ashraf "ruled the holy sites". For example the clock tower project was built on an Ottoman fortress built in 1780 i think, which caused a diplomatic crisis early 2000's. Although havin lived here, i understand the rationale. For the Salafists these things don have value, they're very pragmatic and literalist, so the priority is to accommodate as many people as possible safely, and why not profit, after all religious tourism makes up the second biggest source of revenu in the kingdom.

Anyways, im also lookin forward to the Kingdom tower in Jeddah tht should be over 1 km high, designed by Adrian Smith built by Eemar, like burj khalifa. Theres so manymega projects in the country,,, finally. The Riyadh metro (84 billion RS), Kingdom City in Obhur, King Abdullah economic city, Riyadhs financial district...trains...airports ..... finally....


Abdullah 3 years ago

O yea, i love these projects...im all forem. Yes, maintainin some heritage would be nice, but id say build and and keep the economy goin. The clock tower is now an architecural reference, being the only cement tower to be tht high; sky scrapers are built with a curtain of glass as the exterior so as not to weigh down the skeleton....so yea highest solid buildin in the world, thts awesome.


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LeanMan 3 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Hi Abdullah

I can see the need for accommodating so many people, but the Makkah clock tower is hardly aimed at the "average" pilgrim. It is very expensive indeed.

As you say there is a huge amount of construction going on in the kingdom and I too am looking forward to them starting on the mile high tower in Jeddah.


Abdullah 3 years ago

Yea sure, but im referrin to the other projects, the tawaf "around the kaaba" now looks like somethin from star trek, the Jamarat look like a huge parkin lot,,,expansions of the grand mosque effaced many sites of histoeical value, one is Mohammeds home in Mekkah. The salafists hold a strong rejectionist view of ornamentation, imagery, etc. makin the same arguments made by christian scholars in the 500's, but worse. In jeddah too, they effaced Eves tomb in Eves cemetery downtown which was an attraction, which gave the cityits name. I think if u accept their premise, then u kina respect their "intellectuali integrity", destructive as it maybe.

Bad news regardin the one-mile tower; geological surveys for the project showed tht the ground in the area or most areas here cannot support tht much weight so last time i checked, the height is brought down to over 1 km, final height not disclosed. U gotta appreciate the ambition though, wantin to build a sky scraper twice the height of the record holder....


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LeanMan 3 years ago from At the Gemba Author

HI Abdullah,

Yes I was taken to look for Eve's tomb several years back by a friend who lives there in Jeddah only to find that we could not get to it. Not many people realize that Jeddah receives it's name from "Grandmother" Eve and the historical and biblical connections.

Having been involved in the construction industry around Jeddah for a few years and in bids for work on this massive addition to the city we have been discussing the "mile high" tower for sometime and the name has very much stuck even if the ambition is going to be reduced to a height still over 1km. But the "kilometer high tower" just does not sound as good or roll off the tongue as well as the "mile high tower."


shakil shaikh 2 years ago

Add Your Comment.. subhan allah it is gr8 saudi is a corruption free country so it makes clock tower king never misuse of money if non muslim want to visit holy city so become muslim


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LeanMan 2 years ago from At the Gemba Author

Hi Shakil,

Nice to see that you have your eyes wide open and that you have managed to miss all of the corruption in Saudi Arabia. The clock tower in Saudi Arabia is a great looking building but whether or not it is suitable for the location is debatable.

As to having to be a Muslim to visit, well I personally have no problems with that.


Anonymous 2 years ago

Thank you for your article? However i can see the appeal for all non Muslims in the trivial aspects of the projects such as height, cost, design etc. But in my any persons who value the and holiness of all places sacred and timeless, of which no doubt Mecca tops the chart, would have to detest with anger at such a bold statement of capitalistic vulgarity. I say this in terms of it's inappropriateness of the location and purpose? It dwarf's the holy sanctuary, were the faithful from around the world have spent probably there entire life saving's on this once in a life journey to escape from materialistic and selfish ambitions and to be one with humanity and God.

In my opinion these much hated Saudi Kings, have violated the sanctity of the area, with this monstrosity, and need to justify with very good reason the waste of Saudi oil money on this folly. The fact that the buildings will house commercial companies ie a mall, again reiterates what i said earlier, that it is inappropriate and sacrilegious. The house ie Kabba is very old and dates back into the ancient, of the time of Abraham. I personally would like to see the Saudi Kings be guilty of treason to the billions of Muslims and be served capital punishment like they did Saddam. They are not even a legitimate authority and waste and ruin the Saudi economy.


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LeanMan 2 years ago from At the Gemba Author

HI Anonymous, you are not the only one who feels like this about the clock tower in Mecca. Certainly looking at the poll in the article above it is very much 50/50 regarding whether the tower should have been built at all.

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