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Old Posted Aug 7, 2006, 2:37 AM
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Supertall redesign in Mecca

We've heard the rumors of Mecca's 485m Abraj Al-Bait construction may have had a redesign. Maybe the renders that were published were already dated after the tower began to rise or not, but I was wondering if this is the new (or final) design:





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Older model of the area:



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There's too much secrecy about this project.
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Do Muslims really want their most Holy City turned into a conservative version of Las Vegas?
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so is it just going to be a hotel for rich people on their haajes
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I'm not taking a stab at Muslims, but it's really quite sad to see any religon exploited or commercialized as this. What's worse, if this was an American project, extremists would probably burn it.
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Exploited or commercialized is an understatement, I think. It's going to have a mall/shopping center in the bottom of it. I thought it was only going to be a premium hotel for the area, but I guess they're going after shoppers as well.

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Taken about a month ago, but as new as we're going to get. Not many photogs there:






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Do Muslims really want their most Holy City turned into a conservative version of Las Vegas?

That's what i was thinking. As far as i know, there is nothing more than a few stories around The Vatican.
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Intresting project. I just don't like it as I would rather it be something that fits with the Mosque in tersm of architecture. If the building was say in Jeddah instead it would be great.
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^ I wonder if it were more white/light tan, rather than brown w/green windows, it would have fit in better.
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While doing Dubailand update, makes me wonder if it belongs there


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OMG!!!!!!! That thing is massive! It's amazing what they've been building out in the Middle East.
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Very interesting.
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Do Muslims really want their most Holy City turned into a conservative version of Las Vegas?
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I'm not taking a stab at Muslims, but it's really quite sad to see any religon exploited or commercialized as this. What's worse, if this was an American project, extremists would probably burn it.
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That's what i was thinking. As far as i know, there is nothing more than a few stories around The Vatican.
I dont really find a problem about those skyscrapers.

People go there to pray not sightseeing. We need those hotesl to supply the demand.
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I really hope that's the new design! It looks so much better then the old ones. It just looks a lot more cohesive and put together.
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