The Abraj Al-Bait Towers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

By : Mark V | 24 Feb 2013 2:57 pm | Skyscrapers

The Abraj Al-Bait Towers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is a complex designed and built by Dar Al-Handasah Architects as a part of the effort to modernize the sacred city through the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project.

It is located a few steps away from the largest mosque in the world and the center of the Islamic religion: the Masjid al Haram,where the Kaaba is held,and the site once held the Ajyad Fortress which was demolished in 2002 by the Saudi government.

The complex is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia reaching 601 meters and is at the moment the second tallest in the world and it encompasses a five star Fairmont hotel, a 20 stories shopping mall called the Abraj Al Bait Mall and a parking garage for more than a thousand automobiles.

Also the residential towers offer permanent accommodation to their owners and also have a conference center and two heliports. The tower guests an Islamic Museum and a Lunar Observation Center that are useful for seeing the moon during the Holy Months offering an alternative way of measuring time, one that is more appropriate for the Islam believers.

The building also prides itself with a few world records such as the tallest clock tower, the largest clock face and the building with the largest floor area in the world.

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