Abraj Al-Bait Towers also known as the
"Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower" is a complex under
construction in Mecca, Saudi Arabia by the Saudi
Binladin Group. Upon completion, the tallest tower in the
complex would stand as the tallest building in Saudi Arabia, tallest and largest hotel in the world, with a
planned height of .
Upon completion, the structure would
have the largest floor area of any structure in the world with
1,500,000 square metres (16,137,600 sq ft) of floorspace.
the same as Terminal 3 at Dubai
International Airport, in the United Arab Emirates which is the current the record holder.
also surpass the Burj al
Arab in Dubai as the world's tallest hotel.
also the second tallest building under construction. The entire
project is estimated to be completed in 2010.
of the complex is located across the street to the south from an
entrance to the Masjid al
Haram, which houses the Kaaba, the holiest
site in Islam. In order to start
construction, the historic Ottoman Ajyad Fortress had to be first completely demolished.
accommodate worshipers who visit the Kaaba, the Abraj Al-Bait
Towers will have a large prayer room capable of holding nearly ten
thousand people. The tallest tower in the complex will also contain
a seven-star hotel to help provide lodging for the over five
million pilgrims who travel to Mecca annually to participate in
In addition, the Abraj Al-Bait Towers will have a four-story
shopping mall and a parking garage capable of holding over a
thousand vehicles. Residential towers will house permanent
residents while two heliports and a conference center are to
accommodate business travelers. In total, up to 100,000 people
would be housed inside the towers. The project will use clock faces
for each side of the Hotel tower. The clocks will be 80 meters high
80 meters wide. They will be located 530 meters high, which would
make it the world's highest and largest clock.
Abraj Al-Bait Towers under
construction in July 2009
Abraj Al Bait Towers under
construction in October 2009