Abraj Al-Bait

Abraj Al-Bait,

complex of seven government-owned, mixed-use buildings in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The most impressive structure, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia, at 1,972 ft (601 m) high, and one of the tallest in the world; it has the world's largest clock face. Designed by the German architectural firm SL Rasch and developed (2002–12) by the Saudi Bin Laden Group, the complex contains luxury hotels and apartments, shopping malls, restaurants, and parking garages, and towers over the neighboring Great Mosque. It is part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project, created to modernize the city and cater to the millions of hajjhajj
, the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, one of the five basic requirements (arkan or "pillars") of Islam. Its annual observance corresponds to the major holy day id al-adha, itself a commemoration of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son on Divine orders.
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 pilgrims who visit Mecca every year. Its construction required the demolition of an 18th-century Ottoman fortress.
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Set in the heart of the holy city and overlooking the Masjid Al-Haram in the Abraj Al-Bait complex, the hotel is designed for today's smart traveler, combining intuitive service with sophisticated, locally-inspired surroundings.
Steep hills and low-rise traditional buildings that once surrounded the mosque have in recent years given way to shopping malls and luxury hotels -- among them the world's third-tallest building, a giant clock tower that is the centrepiece of the Abraj al-Bait complex.
Abraj Al-Bait Towers (Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel)
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Known as Abraj Al-Bait Towers, the world's third tallest building is only a few meters away from one of Islam[acute accent]s most sacred sites - the Kba.
The Makkah Clock Tower is part of the Abraj Al-Bait complex, which features seven buildings taller than 200 meters.
Alpha1Estates International launched in 2006 to become the world's first company to market Saudi Arabian property globally and also the first company to market property in both Makkah and Madinah, with its projects ZamZam Tower, Makkah, Abraj al-Bait, Makkah, Hajar Tower, Makkah and Taiba Eastern Tower, Madinah all centrally located near the two Holy Mosques.
currently closely involved in the Abraj Al-Bait Towers being developed by the Saudi Bin Laden Group in the Holy City of Makkah; a 595 metre tall hotel
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Jiwar is actively involved in the Abraj Al-Bait Towers being developed by the Saudi Binladen Group in Makkah.
In addition to its proximity to Makkah's holy sites, the hotel is located in the Abraj Al-Bait project and connected to a commercial complex that houses a mosque, a multi-level shopping mall and a medical center.
Alpha1Estates had showcased the $2 billion Abraj Al-Bait project in Makkah -- the largest building in the world before a global audience.