Originally Posted by TANGELD_SLC
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't clock towers originate in the Muslim world?
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.