The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower is an imposing building complex located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. Also called as the Abraj Al-Bait Towers, it is notable for the fact that it is currently considered as the tallest clock tower in the world. It also holds a number of other records such as having the tallest hotel, the world’s largest clock face, as well as having the world’s largest building floor area.
Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower History
The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower and the complex where it stands is located at the entrance of the Masjid al Haram, also known as the Grand Mosque and considered as the largest mosque in the world. This mosque also houses the Kaaba, the place where Muslims worldwide turn towards to when performing their daily prayers. In order to construct the building complex, the historic Ottoman Ajyad Fortress had to be demolished. The complex was built by the Binladin Group, the largest construction company in Saudi Arabia. Construction of the building complex started in 2004. The clock tower was opened in 2011. Other parts of the building complex are expected to open on 2012.
Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower Profile
The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower stands 601 meters or 1,972 feet tall. It also has a total of 120 floors. Upon completion of the complex, it will also have a total of 1,500,000 sq. meters or 16,150,000 sq. ft. of floor space, enough to make it the sole structure in the world having the largest total floor area. With the topping off of the clock tower, it is also considered as the second tallest building in the world.
The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower also houses the tallest hotel in the world. Its main feature is the Mecca Clock which is projected from the four sides of the hotel. The clock faces measure 43 meters by 43 meters or 141 ft. by 141 ft. This makes it the largest clock face in the world. It is so big that the clock is visible from 16 miles or 25 kilometers away.