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Ivan
May 2, 2011, 2:24 AM
that's impressive
how much are the workers paid? i bet it's $10 a day

11thFloor
May 2, 2011, 3:51 PM
Am I the only one who looks at the clock tower and thinks, "1.21 jigawatts!"

To me the clock tower has always suggested something really ominous. The photos of that person on the wall are awesome, but they're giving me vertigo.

photoLith
May 2, 2011, 5:05 PM
This thing is so gaudy and tacky, its incredible though.

arkhitektor
May 2, 2011, 6:02 PM
that's impressive
how much are the workers paid? i bet it's $10 a day

That made we wonder whether they are using cheap foreign labor. Don't you have to be Muslim to enter Mecca? (Not that there aren't other poorer countries where they could find Muslim workers to underpay)

Anyway, are all of the construction workers on the project Muslims?

suburb
May 2, 2011, 9:03 PM
Moderator - wondering why you removed my post? I simply asked if there was construction disruption given the passing of a very major figure in the family of the largest stakeholder as well as construction management company for this project.

JDRCRASH
May 3, 2011, 4:24 AM
Moderator - wondering why you removed my post? I simply asked if there was construction disruption given the passing of a very major figure in the family of the largest stakeholder as well as construction management company for this project.

Well, it is kind of off-topic.

suburb
May 3, 2011, 5:52 PM
Moderator - wondering why you removed my post? I simply asked if there was construction disruption given the passing of a very major figure in the family of the largest stakeholder as well as construction management company for this project.
Well, it is kind of off-topic.

A potential disruption in construction is off-topic?

Just to bring everyone in the loop on what I'm talking about, this building is being built by the bin Ladin family.

By the way, those horns for the building look absolutely massive! They're going to look awesome, creating a real Minotaur effect! Anyone know where we can find Theseus?

Tom In Chicago
May 3, 2011, 7:53 PM
A potential disruption in construction is off-topic?

Just to bring everyone in the loop on what I'm talking about, this building is being built by the bin Ladin family.

I was under the impression that most of the large construction projects in KSA are bin Laden run. . . I was also under the impression that the bin Laden family had disowned Osama a long time ago. . .

I certainly wouldn't anticipate a "disruption in construction" either. . .

. . .

suburb
May 3, 2011, 9:19 PM
post retracted.

Tom In Chicago
May 3, 2011, 10:09 PM
^OK. . . so this is going to be one of these "fair warning" statements. . . please do not disrupt this thread any further. . . thank you. . .

. . .

Kanto
May 13, 2011, 12:10 PM
The moon in that one evening picture looks exactly like the steel one that'll be on the top of the building.

JManc
May 17, 2011, 9:41 PM
Are they going to hoist that crescent in one-piece all the way up for piece by piece?

Roukaya19
May 19, 2011, 1:49 PM
.............................

Roukaya19
May 19, 2011, 1:51 PM
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Crolo
May 19, 2011, 2:39 PM
I think it just looks terrible, it just doesn't fit in that city!

Danny
May 19, 2011, 3:48 PM
I think it just looks terrible, it just doesn't fit in that city!

I agree with you, Crolo.

It´s ugly and absurd its design. The only thing they pretend is to have a very tall building, and in that historic and religious city it doesn´t fit at all.

Greetings from Madrid, Spain.

MolsonExport
May 19, 2011, 4:11 PM
^Sounds a bit like the criticisms agains the Eiffel Tower in the 1890s.

The tower was much criticised by the public when it was built, with many calling it an eyesore. Newspapers of the day were filled with angry letters from the arts community of Paris.
Wikipedia

We are talking about a building immediately adjacent to the centre of the universe for the world's billion + Muslims, for which the Haj is considered the duty of every able-bodied Muslim.

northbay
May 19, 2011, 4:22 PM
i think it's spectacular!

if i was going to be nit-picky i would say it creates a 'wall effect' but they might have done that on purpose.

turned out much better than the renderings.

JACKinBeantown
May 20, 2011, 2:08 AM
Unlike the Eiffel Tower, it's ridiculously gaudy and haphazard, it mixes styles and scales, it places a British clock smack dab in a Middle Eastern desert and has nothing to do with anything... yet somehow I love it.

TANGELD_SLC
Jun 5, 2011, 9:52 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't clock towers originate in the Muslim world? :shrug:

Paco
Jun 7, 2011, 8:44 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't clock towers originate in the Muslim world? :shrug:

The striking clock tower was first constructed in 1154 near the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, by the Arab engineer Muhammad al-Sa'ati. Towers with water clocks and sundials originated elsewhere.

In England, a clock was put in at Westminster, in 1288; and in 1292 a clock was put up in Canterbury Cathedral. Both are no longer in existence.

The clock is important as it is part of a plan to move the prime meridian from London to Mecca. As this would move the date line over so that Honolulu and Anchorage are in different days, I would think that USA would have a serious problem with this change.

Mecca is trying to gear up to be able to handle 10 million visitors for the hajj instead of the current 3 million.

While I am not Muslim, it seems to me that priority for a 16 million square foot building should be how to build the world's largest cubicle hotel with sanitation and simple dining for 1 million pilgrims. It should not be a 7 star hotel and a shopping mall.

STR
Jun 7, 2011, 9:07 AM
^Wait, there's a group pushing to have the prime meridian moved from Greenwhich to Mecca? What...the...hell. I mean, I've seen proposals for a Milan Meridian (which would solve the issue of Russia being split by the IDL), but Mecca would do nothing beyond causing a big, expensive transition for the whole planet.

Wow. You weren't kidding. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/7937123/Giant-Mecca-clock-seeks-to-call-time-on-Greenwich.html)

Stepping back from that, anyone know the scheduled top-out? I'm curious to see them assemble the crescent.

11thFloor
Jun 7, 2011, 8:47 PM
...hilarious

vandelay
Jun 8, 2011, 12:29 AM
Suddenly the Big Ben on viagra clocktower makes sense. When you put this all into context: the erasure of the Ottoman fortress, the British hand in the creation of the Saudi state, the attempt to usurp GMT, etc., this multi-use complex might more aptly be called a post-colonial complex.

Zerton
Jun 9, 2011, 5:17 PM
This claim that the holy city is a "zero magnetism zone" has won support from some Arab scientists like Abdel-Baset al-Sayyed of the Egyptian National Research Centre who says that there is no magnetic force in Mecca.

"That's why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth's gravity," he said. "You get charged with energy."

:koko:

........

betawest
Jun 9, 2011, 5:26 PM
It looks like a Stalinist gigantism. Grotesque, yet fascinating. Clearly one of the most interesting constructions in the world.

Ch.G, Ch.G
Jun 10, 2011, 8:58 AM
While I am not Muslim, it seems to me that priority for a 16 million square foot building should be how to build the world's largest cubicle hotel with sanitation and simple dining for 1 million pilgrims. It should not be a 7 star hotel and a shopping mall.

Agreed.

It looks like a Stalinist gigantism. Grotesque, yet fascinating.

I think that's a pretty apt comparison.

MalcolmTucker
Jun 21, 2011, 5:38 PM
That made we wonder whether they are using cheap foreign labor. Don't you have to be Muslim to enter Mecca? (Not that there aren't other poorer countries where they could find Muslim workers to underpay)

Anyway, are all of the construction workers on the project Muslims?
I remember reading that the Chinese company building a rail project in/near the city had a bunch of workers convert so they could win the project. Now that is dedication!

Yup, found it!
http://www.emirates247.com/1-600-chinese-workers-embrace-islam-in-saudi-2010-09-12-1.289733

Troubadour
Jun 22, 2011, 5:54 AM
I remember reading that the Chinese company building a rail project in/near the city had a bunch of workers convert so they could win the project. Now that is dedication!

I fail to see the dedication in pretending to change religions for a contract. It just means the workers have no pride, and the Saudi authorities have no shame.

Traynor
Jun 26, 2011, 12:33 PM
Cellphone pics an hour ago of parts of the crescent being lifted into place.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3256/5872303272_a597680bc4_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5192/5872455444_5203a405bb_z.jpg
(Images courtesy of Makkawi.Pk at SSC found here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=80329280#post80329280 )

yousef
Jun 26, 2011, 6:32 PM
http://www.9m.com/upfiles/SxU13047.jpg



This image installation Crescent on this article!

Troubadour
Jun 26, 2011, 7:19 PM
My opinion on this thing keeps changing, so I'm going to split the difference and say that it carries some worthwhile qualities - albeit largely stolen from the buildings it imitates - but is ultimately a gaudy and corrupt statement that serves no one well.

yousef
Jun 26, 2011, 7:36 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5120/5845019916_b71bbbdd96_b.jpg


http://www.flickr.com/photos/y2020y/5845019916/in/photostream/

colemonkee
Jun 26, 2011, 8:46 PM
Great pictures, yousef! Thank you for posting. The details on this tower are something you just don't see a lot of anymore.

Roukaya19
Jun 26, 2011, 10:09 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3408/5846299410_6a02887d2f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhmalali/5846299410/)
King Abdudlaziz Clock Tower 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhmalali/5846299410/) par mhalali (http://www.flickr.com/people/mhmalali/), sur Flickr

Crush_Buds
Jun 26, 2011, 10:11 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3408/5846299410_6a02887d2f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhmalali/5846299410/)
King Abdudlaziz Clock Tower 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhmalali/5846299410/) par mhalali (http://www.flickr.com/people/mhmalali/), sur Flickr

Wow. Awesomeness.

Roukaya19
Jun 26, 2011, 10:15 PM
Great updates from 'asyiqul^huur

20 June 2011

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source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=79966184&postcount=8215

Roukaya19
Jun 26, 2011, 10:18 PM
20 June 2011

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20 June 2011

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Roukaya19
Jun 26, 2011, 10:20 PM
Video posted 15 june, the balls are not there, but interesting...

Abraj Al Bait - Holy Mosque Expansion

aRYftbu1ikI

Roukaya19
Jun 26, 2011, 10:24 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3129/5862777056_5818cc6599_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43561113@N07/5862777056/)
Makkah Clock.. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43561113@N07/5862777056/) par وهج باطرفــي.. .......speaking pictures (http://www.flickr.com/people/43561113@N07/), sur Flickr

yousef
Jun 26, 2011, 10:27 PM
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/y2020y/5744189096/in/photostream/

Roukaya19
Jun 26, 2011, 10:30 PM
Time wars

How a huge new clock in Mecca is reviving a century-old clash over what time it is

http://www.upislam.com/images/39995223117961114857.jpg (http://www.upislam.com/)
Photo by 'asyiqul^huur

By Adam Barrows

June 19, 2011

Last August, on the first day of Ramadan, the largest clock in the world began ticking for the first time. The Mecca Clock, designed to serve as the authoritative timepiece for the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims and positioned at the top of the world’s largest clock tower, poses not only an architectural challenge to England’s iconic Big Ben, but a political one as well. Defying the global agreement to consider Greenwich, England, the zero-point for measuring time and space — based on when the sun crosses over that meridian — the clock was constructed to run not on Greenwich Mean Time but on Mecca Time, with Mecca as prime meridian. This means that the Mecca Clock, and anyone who sets a watch by it, deviates from standard time by roughly 21 minutes.

To most of us, protesting Greenwich Mean Time (or its Greenwich-based modern successor, Universal Coordinated Time) may seem bizarre. Synchronizing every clock on earth to the minute offers innumerable advantages for global communication and travel, and most of us have become accustomed to the ease of moving our hour hands forward or backward based on time zones, which are in turn based on longitudinal distance from Greenwich. But in fact, consensus on world standard time isn’t much more than a century old — and was the subject of protest right from the beginning.

full article: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2011/06/19/time_wars/?page=full

Roukaya19
Jun 26, 2011, 10:33 PM
Holy Makkah

R1Exxv0Usf4

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2695/5708559712_9078086118_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/56188786@N04/5708559712/

JDRCRASH
Jun 27, 2011, 4:54 AM
The crescent still isn't here?

Roukaya19
Jun 27, 2011, 12:21 PM
The crescent still isn't here?They work on it

Makkah City

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2794/5840793573_0035d17b3d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/abofatma/5840793573/)
مكة المكرمة (http://www.flickr.com/photos/abofatma/5840793573/) par abofatma (http://www.flickr.com/people/abofatma/), sur Flickr

yousef
Jun 27, 2011, 5:30 PM
Was installed the second piece of the Crescent

http://www.9m.com/upfiles/6G795781.jpg

Roukaya19
Jun 27, 2011, 5:55 PM
Great pic! Thanks Yousef...we want more :)

JDRCRASH
Jun 28, 2011, 1:26 AM
:banana: :banana: :banana:

Thanks for the pic, yousef!

Roukaya19
Jun 28, 2011, 5:27 AM
Great updates from 'asyiqul^huur

27 June 2011

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28 June 2011

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yousef
Jun 30, 2011, 12:20 PM
http://www.9m.com/upfiles/USd36221.jpg


Installation of third piece
On this day

JDRCRASH
Jul 1, 2011, 12:14 PM
That is one nice banana! :dancing:

Roukaya19
Jul 1, 2011, 2:38 PM
Work in the Crescent

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Other 3 videos ...but sorry can't see on SSP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuo2CZ6EwrY&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2MbNT0rS0o&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx1wL8zJNJc&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Roukaya19
Jul 1, 2011, 2:46 PM
Great updates from Premier Composites Technologies


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Roukaya19
Jul 1, 2011, 2:49 PM
Great updates from 'asyiqul^huur

28 June 2011

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30 June 2011

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Roukaya19
Jul 1, 2011, 2:51 PM
30 June 2011

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Crolo
Jul 1, 2011, 4:03 PM
This Tower-complex just looks awfull! It hurts my eyes!

BStyles
Jul 2, 2011, 5:51 PM
And yet, after 57 pages, it just keeps getting better.:yes:

TANGELD_SLC
Jul 3, 2011, 7:36 AM
I have a love/hate thing going on with this building, but loving it more and more as it gets closer to completion. I think it'll become a very iconic tower. How can it not, being in the center of one of the world's greatest faiths?

JDRCRASH
Jul 4, 2011, 1:17 AM
The Burj Khalifa is nice, but, I think this has the potential to be the most popular supertall in the Middle-East.
There's just so much more detail to it, and being right next to Islam's most important center doesn't hurt either.

Roukaya19
Jul 4, 2011, 2:45 PM
Great updates by 'asyiqul^huur

1 July 2011

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Roukaya19
Jul 4, 2011, 2:50 PM
Great updates by 'asyiqul^huur

1 July 2011

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Roukaya19
Jul 4, 2011, 2:52 PM
1 July 2011

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Jul 4, 2011, 2:52 PM
Look at the density and number of tower cranes below the tower. (just above the centre of the crescent in the picture).......wow

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Jul 4, 2011, 2:57 PM
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Jul 4, 2011, 3:50 PM
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theWestisDead
Jul 5, 2011, 1:28 AM
Every time I look at this it just seems so contrary to everything that Islam stands for...Imagine if they built this right next to the Vatican or the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. For all the posturing over the sanctity of Muslim land, they seem to have desicrated it themselves in the name of condos. Why not build it in Riyad if the Saudis had such an urge to display their wealth, there are much more subtle, respectful ways of paying tribute to a venerated place, than to tear it apart and dwarf it with gaudy towers. Surely their must be a great deal of local opposition, has there been any report of it? I'd like to know the thought process behind such a completely dehumanizing structure in such a spiritual place.

yousef
Jul 5, 2011, 2:36 PM
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Installation of the fourth piece on this day

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Roukaya19
Jul 5, 2011, 3:57 PM
Thanks Youssef...Great pic!

Roukaya19
Jul 5, 2011, 4:01 PM
Tallest golden minaret gets ready

Over 200 workers working to finish Makkah project meant to break many records

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Tallest golden minaret
July 5, 2011

Riyadh: Nearly 250 workers are working to finish the construction of what will soon be the tallest golden minaret in the world which is targeted for completion within three weeks before Ramadan.

Work on the minaret, which will be topped by what will also be touted to become the world's largest crescent, is progressing well, sources said.

The minaret is being constructed on top of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower.

When completed, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower project is expected to break many records in the construction world, including the tallest hotel, constructed with the tallest clock tower displaying the world's largest clock face. It will also have the world's largest building floor area, and will become the second tallest building in the world, surpassed only by Dubai's Burj Khalifa

GMT challenge

The project is expected to challenge the supremacy of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or the universal time zone reference.

The giant clock of Makkah is set to tick a new time standard which some scholars believe will be an ideal alternative to GMT.

Upon completion, calls for prayers will be made from the Makkah Royal Clock Tower minaret, according to sources.

Trial run of the clock was held at the beginning of last year's Ramadan.

The gigantic Makkah clock project was constructed on top of tower number five of King Abdul Aziz Endowment project, which consists of seven towers.

The clock tower is situated 380 metres above the ground and would have a total height of 601 metres.

The giant clocks will be visible from all districts of Makkah. The clock is made of carbon fibre materials with a special glass ceramic on top. This material used is over three times stronger than steel and is being used in the aerospace industry.

The tower housing the clock was built in a peculiar Islamic style of architecture with The name of Allah inscribed on each of the clock's four faces.

Two lifts will carry visitors to a balcony below the clocks. The complex overlooks the Grand Mosque that Muslims face for daily prayers.

Time pieces

•The front and back clock measure about 43x43m while side clocks are about 43x39m
•The clock is six times bigger than London's Big Ben
•The Big Ben measures about 7x7 metres.
•200m separate the clock's dial and the top of the hilal (crescent), which measures 23 meters in diameter
•The supreme name of Allah and the Shahadah are visible above the clock

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/tallest-golden-minaret-gets-ready-1.833177

GulfArabia
Jul 5, 2011, 6:37 PM
Every time I look at this it just seems so contrary to everything that Islam stands for...Imagine if they built this right next to the Vatican or the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. For all the posturing over the sanctity of Muslim land, they seem to have desicrated it themselves in the name of condos. Why not build it in Riyad if the Saudis had such an urge to display their wealth, there are much more subtle, respectful ways of paying tribute to a venerated place, than to tear it apart and dwarf it with gaudy towers. Surely their must be a great deal of local opposition, has there been any report of it? I'd like to know the thought process behind such a completely dehumanizing structure in such a spiritual place.

1- in islam we don't worship buildings, therefor we don't care if there was a giant spaceship next to the mosque.

2- the number of pilgrims within 10 years will increase to 10 millions, they will not bock a hotel in riyadh.

3- this building the biggest endowment in the history of man kind, meaning all the profits goes to the maintenance of the 2 holy mosques in saudi and NO where else.

4- u can't compare islam to any other religion, the vatican is an touchable museum right now. however makkah has a complete face lift every decade, so don't be surprised if we demolish this tower in 10 years time to build an other one.

Traynor
Jul 5, 2011, 8:47 PM
I think I understand the theory of "Not valuing buildings" as a tenet for a religion and it is a noble concept in theory. However in practice, as it is done in Makkah, it seems wasteful.

So spending billions of dollars on an ornate building, replete with artistic embellishments will be scrapped in a few years for something else? What a waste of time and money. Why not just build the cheapest, biggest, simplest glass box with no ornamentation or artisan's handiwork, and save all that money for giving to the poor or whatever Islam does value?

It seems like such a waste if you're not going to value the completed work anyway. Then why all the detail and expensive materials ?

It is hypocritical to say buildings have no value, and yet be willing to cover them in gold and expensive ornate details. These are diametrically opposed philosophies.

Traynor
Jul 5, 2011, 10:49 PM
And further to that point...

Almost no religion "Worships" the actual building they are housed in... They only "value" them as icons of that belief structure and as magnets to draw the faithful to a town center.

Your continual confusion of replacing the word "worship" for "value" is indicative of your lack of knowledge of the world's other religions and disrespect for their belief structure.

Just because others place a value or intrinsic measure to a building does not mean that they hold it to be holy, or sacred in its own right. Instead it is standing in place of something that it represents. Cherishing the structure and maintaining it through preservation is how they hold a connection to the spirit, or thing, or event, or miracle, or history with which the structure is connected.

Please stop saying other religions "Worship" buildings. It is just not true.

:)

JDRCRASH
Jul 5, 2011, 10:57 PM
I'm telling you guys, this sucker is gonna be an icon for the Middle-East!! :tup:

GulfArabia
Jul 5, 2011, 11:37 PM
because in saudi we have the money to give charity and build cities like dubai. in other words i don't think that we are wasting enough money on our selfs, excuse my english i may use the wrong words to describe something sometimes :p

yousef
Jul 6, 2011, 10:54 AM
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Thank you very much Roukaya19


Install the fifth and final part on this day

I have a video interval to install all the pieces of the crescent, what would you suggest naming this offer or choose a suitable title?

Thank You All ;)

The Imster
Jul 6, 2011, 11:44 AM
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Thank you very much Roukaya19


Install the fifth and final part on this day

I have a video interval to install all the pieces of the crescent, what would you suggest naming this offer or choose a suitable title?

Thank You All ;)



What a Milestone! What a achievement. This building will serve as an iconic symbol and it is a fitting tribute to all the hard work and sacrifice that has gone into making this happen. Not only will the building house pilgrims and the 10 million plus expected over the years. It will also provide shade, wind and an aesthetical back drop to the already beautiful sacred mosque
Well done to everyone for their support. Mecca is going to look amazing over the next few years with the large construction projects

The Imster
Jul 6, 2011, 11:57 AM
And further to that point...

Almost no religion "Worships" the actual building they are housed in... They only "value" them as icons of that belief structure and as magnets to draw the faithful to a town center.

Your continual confusion of replacing the word "worship" for "value" is indicative of your lack of knowledge of the world's other religions and disrespect for their belief structure.

Just because others place a value or intrinsic measure to a building does not mean that they hold it to be holy, or sacred in its own right. Instead it is standing in place of something that it represents. Cherishing the structure and maintaining it through preservation is how they hold a connection to the spirit, or thing, or event, or miracle, or history with which the structure is connected.

Please stop saying other religions "Worship" buildings. It is just not true.

:)


The building is situated near the Sacred Mosque to make it easier for pilgrims to commute to the Mosque particularly in the sweltering heat which is often the case. The building will also serve as a clock - incidentally it is situated in the centre of Earth (Middle Earth) so the clock is a fitting tribute to the holy mosque proximity.

I agree with your post that other religions do not worship the building it is what is worshipped inside that differentiates the religions - i believe respect and sensitivity should be shown. As for Muslims the most famous building is the Mosque itself! - Even if you had the best and beautiful skyscrapers on Earth present and future around the mosque - it would never detract from the awe Muslims feel around the first Mosque built by Abraham on Earth. This is the most famous building on Earth for Muslims all over the world
Buildings, particularly Skyscrapers like Burj Khalifa, Canton Tower, SWFC etc. are symbols of power, prestige, beauty and in my opinion celebration of humanity, Today we achieved another milestone

Roukaya19
Jul 6, 2011, 11:59 AM
Thank you very much Roukaya19

Install the fifth and final part on this day

I have a video interval to install all the pieces of the crescent, what would you suggest naming this offer or choose a suitable title?

Thank You All ;)Great photo! thanks

:previous:Finaly well topped!

Suggestion: simple as ''The Makkah Golden Crescent''...

Roukaya19
Jul 6, 2011, 12:38 PM
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Roukaya19
Jul 6, 2011, 12:41 PM
World’s largest gold minaret set up in Saudi

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July 06, 2011

Saudi Arabia has completed a project to install the world’s largest gold minaret on top of the newly-built giant clock tower in the holy town of Makkah.

The minaret and its base have been beefed up by massive loudspeakers that will emit prayers call to a distance of seven km while nearly 21,000 lamps will illuminate the surrounding area to a distance of 30 km.

“The world’s largest gold minaret has been installed on top of Makkah clock tower,” the Arabic language daily Okaz said.

“During occasions like Moslem Eids and new Hijri years, a 16-beam light will illuminate an area of a diameter of around 10 km while 21,000 lamps will beam white and green lights to a distance of 30 km,” the paper said without specifying the size of the minaret or say if it is all made of gold.

It said the light beams are intended to allow deaf persons or Moslems in far areas to know prayer timings in the western town of Makkah and nearby cities.

Inaugurating the clock tower in mid 2010, Saudi officials said they hoped it would establish Makkah as an alternate time standard to the Greenwich median.

The tower's height is around 601 metres, making it the world's second tallest building -- ahead of Taiwan's 509 metre Taipei 101, but well behind the Burj Khalifa, the 828 metre skyscraper in Dubai.

More than six times larger in diameter than London's famed Big Ben, the clock faces, with the Arabic words "In the Name of Allah" in huge lettering underneath.

The tower, which took two years to construct, is equipped with an elevator to take visitors to the surrounding balcony below the four clocks.

Nearly a month after it was set up, the clock tower triggered panic among Muslim pilgrims when it was shrouded with fog, mistaken for smoke from a fire.
Civil Defence vehicles rushed to the tower site after receiving numerous calls from pilgrims saying that the building is engulfed in smoke.

Officials said last year the Makkah clock would be linked to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). UTC, also referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), Universal Time (UT), or "Zulu" is an international time scale used in astronomical and aviation publications, weather products, and other documents.

Formerly and still widely called GMT, UTC nominally reflects the mean solar time along the Earth's prime meridian. UTC is expressed using a 24-hour clock but can be converted into a 12-hour clock--AM and PM.

http://www.emirates247.com/news/region/world-s-largest-gold-minaret-set-up-in-saudi-2011-07-06-1.406228

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Jul 6, 2011, 1:00 PM
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Jul 6, 2011, 1:06 PM
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Jul 7, 2011, 2:08 PM
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Jul 7, 2011, 4:38 PM
Just "WOW!!!"

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Jul 7, 2011, 6:49 PM
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Jul 7, 2011, 10:13 PM
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Roukaya19
Jul 7, 2011, 10:49 PM
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Roukaya19
Jul 7, 2011, 10:58 PM
The Joy of Achievement :D
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McShadyPL
Jul 7, 2011, 11:14 PM
What are those "holes" for on that structure? Is that simply where the light will be emitted from?

Roukaya19
Jul 7, 2011, 11:59 PM
What are those "holes" for on that structure? Is that simply where the light will be emitted from?I don't have information about those holes...but for me it's for the lights!

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Jul 8, 2011, 2:50 AM
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Roukaya19
Jul 8, 2011, 4:08 AM
Tallest golden minaret in the world
stands on top of Makkah Clock Tower

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Okaz/Saudi Gazette - 6 July 2011

MAKKAH – The tallest golden minaret in the world, which has been erected on top of the Makkah Clock Tower, will broadcast the call for prayer (Adhan) from the Grand Mosque in Makkah through special loudspeakers that will carry the sounds to people almost 7 kilometers away.

On special Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of the Hijri months and Eids, 16 special vertical lights will flash 10 kilometers into the sky.

During the Adhan, 21,000 lamps on the highest point on Makkah Clock send brilliant white and green lights to the sky; they can be seen from a distance of 30 kilometers. The lights indicate the beginning of time for prayer, especially for people with special needs such as those with weak hearing and those far away from the Grand Mosque.

The Makkah Clock Tower stands 601 meters. The height of the clock from its base to the highest point at the peak of the crescent is 251 meters.

The tower’s height makes it the world’s second-tallest building after the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The clock, which began showing time about 11 months ago, is part of the structure that cost some SR11 billion to construct, officials have said.

The front and rear of the four faces are 43 meters by 43 meters and the two side faces are 43 meters by 39 meters.

“Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the Greatest), in Arabic, can be seen on the top part of the clock.

The letter “Alif” in “Allah” is more than 23 meters tall and the crescent, with a 23-meter diameter, is the largest crescent ever made.

The two testimonies, “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet,” can be seen at the top of the two side faces of the clock, which has been designed in an Islamic style, according to the most precise Islamic criteria.

The clock, which weighs 36,000 tons, is more than six times larger in diameter than London’s famed Big Ben.

During the day its face is white and the indicators are black. At night, the face changes to green and the indicators change to white.

More than 90 million pieces of colored glass mosaic embellish the sides of the clock, which is visible from all corners of the city, SPA has said. Elevators will take visitors up to a huge viewing balcony just underneath the faces, a four-story astronomical observatory and an Islamic museum. The Clock Tower is the landmark feature of the seven-tower King Abdulaziz Endowment hotel complex. The project is part of efforts to develop the old city and make it more capable of catering to pilgrims.

The clock reflects a goal by some Muslims to replace the 127-year-old Universal Time standard – originally called Greenwich Mean Time – with Makkah Mean Time.

At a conference in Doha in 2008, Muslim clerics and scholars said Makkah time is the true global meridian. They said Makkah is the center of the world and that the Greenwich standard was imposed by the West in 1884.

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JDRCRASH
Jul 8, 2011, 4:56 AM
It's official! This baby is T/O!! :banana:

Hopefully one day they can install an observation deck inside the crescent. The staircase is there.

GulfArabia
Jul 8, 2011, 1:59 PM
there are 2 official observation decks, one just bellow the crescent (like top of the spear)
the other larger one is at the balcony front (below) the clock

The Imster
Jul 8, 2011, 2:02 PM
Shame it did not exceed 610 meters (2000ft) I think we are going to see quite a few buildings in the 2000ft club within a decade