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Umroh - Makkah - Day 2

17 May 2013 - Afternoon

Duncan MacDonald  
Jakarta   17  June   2013   

      Makkah has some interesting architecture. The Abraj Al-Bait Towers , also known as the Makkah Royal Hotel Clock Tower, is a building complex in Makkah. These towers are a part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that strives to modernize the holy city in catering to pilgrims.
      The complex holds several world records; (1) the tallest clock tower in the world: 601 m (1,972 ft); (2) the world's largest clock face; and (3) the building with the world's largest floor area. The complex's hotel tower became the second tallest building in the world in 2012, surpassing Taiwan's Taipei 101 and surpassed only by Dubai's Burj Khalifa. The building complex is metres away from the world's largest mosque and Islam's most sacred site, the Masjid al Haram. The developer and contractor of the complex is the Saudi Binladin Group, the Kingdom's largest construction company. [now where have I heard that name before ?]

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1: Makkah-enlarge
2: Makkah, from the square outside the mosque -enlarge
Makkar InterContinental
3: InterContinental Hotel Makkah -enlarge
4: Makkah - most new new buildings are hotels-enlarge
Makkar clock tower
5: Makkar Royal Hotel Clock Tower-enlarge
Shinta Makkah
6: Shinta in front of KFC -enlarge
7: Makkah -enlarge
8: Construction site from Hilton -enlarge
9: Makkah construction site - enlarge
10: Makkah from the Hilton-enlarge
11: Makkah from the Hilton: pan right-enlarge
12: Makkah from the Hilton: pan further right -enlarge
13: Makkah from Hilton: far far right-enlarge
14: Makkah from Hilton: that's it - as far right as we can go-enlarge


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