On top of the world

On top of the world
The Abraj Al-Bait is a government-owned megatall complex of seven skyscraper hotels in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. These towers are a part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that strives to modernize the city in catering to its pilgrims. The central hotel tower, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, also A Fairmont Hotel, has the world's largest clock face and is the third tallest building in the world. 

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. The complex was built after the demolition of the Ajyad Fortress, the 18th-century Ottoman citadel which stood atop a hill overlooking the Grand Mosque. The destruction of the fort in 2002 by the Saudi government sparked Turkish and international outcry. It is the world's most expensive building with the total cost of construction equaling 15 billion dollars!

This picture should help with perspective a little bit. See that building?

Here's an album with some great pictures

The Abraj Al-Bait is a government-owned megatall complex of seven skyscraper hotels in . These towers are a part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that strives to modernize the city in catering to its pilgrims. The central hotel tower, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, also A Fairmont Hotel, has the world's largest clock face and is the third tallest building in the world.

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. The complex was built after the demolition of the Ajyad Fortress, the 18th-century Ottoman citadel which stood atop a hill overlooking the Grand Mosque. The destruction of the fort in 2002 by the Saudi government sparked Turkish and international outcry. It is the world's most expensive building with the total cost of construction equaling 15 billion dollars!

This picture should help with perspective a little bit. See that building?

Here's an album with some great pictures

That building is so fucking large it's ridiculous. I know the Burj Khalifa is larger, but it's proportions don't make it seem so, as it slims upwards. This is just this massive, wide tower, it's crazy. It really is the first building that has looked truly massive to me.

Also, sheesh. The terrain of Mecca looks desolate. That dark grey-brown rock with not a piece of foliage or water anywhere makes it look like it's on the Moon...

Edit: Grammar and clarification.

Is that a person hanging on at the very top of the building? On the left side of that piece on top.

What a tacky piece of shit

That's kind of the point tbh. Makkah isn't supposed to be beautified in any way. Pilgrims should come for the Ka'bah, to pray directly in front of it, and to partake in the brotherhood of praying with Muslims from all over the world.

Muslims from all over the world dislike what the Saudis are doing (but at this point who isn't). Fair enough their argument is that they want to provide accommodation, but don't make it gaudy.

I thought it was Saurons tower

I have an opinion on the clock tower (albeit an unpopular one).

That clock is a monstrosity, an unnecessary flaunting of materialism in a holy place where the only times you need to know are marked by an easily audible call to prayer.

That looks to be a flashing light installation, like on the top of other skyscapers. You can sort of tell it's flashing.

It's bulbous, gold, ill-proportioned and aesthetically displeasing. It looks as if there are bits of penne pasta stuck on and spray painted gold. In sum it appears as an idiot's imagining of something impressive and glamorous.

IMO it honestly is one of the ugliest buildings I've seen. The comically large, out-of-scale proportions, the superficial gold finish everywhere, the massive clock. It's all so gaudy and garish, completely overshadowing the architecture of the mosque, one of the holiest places of one of the world's largest religions.

Religious tourism is big business and the Saudis are exploiting the guaranteed mass pilgrimage to Mecca.

Can't wait for some Russian kids doing some shennanigans like drinking vodka on top of it.

Might be ambitious in Mecca.

What with them excluding all non Muslims.

Because its littering a bunch of giant phallic buildings around the place. Mr. Abdulaziz must be quite desperate for everyone to recognise the stature of his "public works".

Most photos of the place from the ground look like the cover picture from a Sim City game.

The fact that it appears to literally overshadow mecca also kind of feels like it's in bad taste.

"Endowment project" of course they called it that.

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Edit: EAGLE SCREECH

It basically is.

The building is a penis.

The surrounding desert still looks like crap.

I'm surprised they never installed a billion dollars in lawn sprinklers and landscaped the entire area. All perfectly green and rounded off hills like on TeleTubbies, only on the same grand scale as the tower.

It's a giant dick in a global dick-measuring contest.

Fuck Saudi Arabia.

That's what I thought too! My heart nearly stopped!

i'm sure there's some Russian Muslims.

They have destroyed every historical site there. It's depressing to think they survived till 1985.

Hopefully there's a haystack nearby.

Please take the non-Muslim exit

Please take the

Can I ask you a question?

Can you calm the fuck down?

It's incredibly gaudy in a place it doesn't have to be.

And while I appreciate the thought behind the half-moon on the top, it looks fuck-ugly in practice.

"What's in the box?!"

If you mean ‘alKaaba’ this is a photo of the interior https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CyV_tr_WEAAXfZX.jpg:large Basically there is nothing inside. the holiness of alKaaba comes from the direction it represent, The direction that all muslims face when praying which unifies them.

You're not the only one.

Where the water supposed to come from?

gaudy

That giant crescent moon makes that whole structure look like something straight out of Sailor Moon, and not something that should be sitting next to one of the most important religious sites in the world.

I don't know much about Islam, but I really hope that symbol means something important enough for them to have it hovering over Mecca. It honestly looks like a toy. :/

Actually It’s not inside the Kaaba
It is on the outer corner 
and it’s known as “The Black Stone”
https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/05/db/4e/7c/black-stone.jpg

Actually It’s not inside the Kaaba It is on the outer corner and it’s known as “The Black Stone”

How about Desalinization slaves?

Welcome to reddit.

endowment can also mean having a big penis.

it's a play on words

Just because Frodo redecorated after Suaron vacated doesnt mean it isnt a piece of history, chill

Cool! I've never seen it with the eye turned off.

Doesn't matter, you're not allowed to enter the city because you're a non-believer. Just Islam things.

The crescent is NOT a symbol of Islam. Islam has no "symbols". They only appeared after the Ummayad caliphate as a means to distinguish mosques from churches: https://islamqa.info/en/1528

Every time I see a picture of this building, someone calls it tacky. Can you maybe explain why, I'm genuinely curious.

Oil money!

One is Haraam. The other is haram. Haraam means forbidden.

For a brief moment I expected that thing on the roof to be dickbutt

installation

Wouldn't want to be the person that had to install that.

A little lie might be the least hurdle for that climb.

I mean, both are enclosed spaces with the focus in the centre that a large group of people obsess over at certain times of the day and feel the need to visit at certain times of the year. Both bring in millions of dollars of revenue for the cities around them. the similarities are pretty large.

Not in my AR where Sauron became an optometrist and Frodo an interior designer

Sauron?

The Arabic language has two separate words, حرم ḥaram and حرام ḥarām, both derived from the same triliteral Semitic root Ḥ-R-M. Both of these words can mean "forbidden" and/or "sacred" in a general way, but each has also developed some specialized meanings. A third related word derived from the same root, حريم ḥarīm, most directly corresponds to English "harem".

Taken from some dope's comment on Stack Exchange.

giant ass-clock tower

Bleep-bloop, I'm a bot. This comment was inspired by xkcd#37

The Bible doesn't mention crosses as the symbol for Christianity, either.. People still use each of them as a symbol for their religion.

The Clock tower itself has a slightly higher floor are than Burj Khalifa so technically it is bigger just not taller. The complex is about five times larger by that measure.

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They're planning on building an even tackier building.

So he said,

"Well, inform me about its signs." He said, "They are that the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted ones, the naked, the destitute, the herdsmen of the sheep (competing with each other) in raising lofty buildings." https://www.sunnah.com/nawawi40/2

Crescent moon, with or without a star is the symbol of Islam. Most traditional style mosque will have a crescent moon roof cap on it.

The mosque/square looks like a baseball stadium from far up

plenty of slaves to carry it.

Now to find a haystack to dive into.

"(...)It really is the first building that has looked truly massive to me."

I haven't seen either of those, but felt similar exactly once - when seeing the Palace of Parliament in Bukarest. I felt like I couldn't even grasp how big that place is, given a lack of reference points.

"(...)It really is the first building that has looked truly massive to me."

I haven't seen either of those, but felt similar exactly once - when seeing the . I felt like I couldn't even grasp how big that place is, given a lack of reference points.

I learned this a while ago so I can't really remember it but it's something about having a bunch of restrictions on what you can and cannot do in that area. The immediate vicinity of the mosque is also forbidden to non-Muslims.

Except it uses the same design ethos as Big Ben. It is Western design standards, just a 150 years out of date.

That clock is a monstrosity, an unnecessary flaunting of materialism in a holy place where the only times you need to know are marked by an easily audible call to prayer.

I was going to congratulate Saudi Arabia sarcastically for being so western and putting up a massive, ugly hotel looming over a site that's holy to their faith and of serious historical significance.

This sub also posts churches, even more frequently

Lack of empathy is a symptom of mental illness

The clock is so big, relative to other clock towers I'm familiar with, that it makes the tower look smaller than it is, at least in photographs.

This is what you call polishing a turd

Yeah it is. He just synchronized that portion of the map and he's about too jump into a cart full of hay

I toured that place once. I saw eighteen--EIGHTEEN--absolutely gigantic ballrooms, all decked out in pink marble. So many that I was getting sick of seeing them. I was told we had barely scratched the surface.

All on the backs of the Romanian people. Ceausescu was a cunt of historical proportion.

They have installed laser lights too on top and the crescent has rooms....

Nice try Sauron

the Masjid al-Haram

I don't speak Arabic, but doesn't "haram" mean "unclean"?

I have always wondered if the alKaaba was hollow or just a giant block of bricks.

As is weed in most countries...

guess what? It's gaudy.

/sub/atbge

"Alright buddy I need you to suck the salt out of this water, walk a hundred miles back here, and spit the clean water onto my lawn"

Tru. Also the shape...

... You know those are two different countries right?

Alcohol is banned in this country.

I dunno, I think it's pretty cool that it's a giant-ass clock tower. It's actually taller than One World Trade Center.