The Abraj Al Bait Clock Tower, also known as the Mecca Royal Clock Tower, is a prominent landmark located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is part of the Abraj Al Bait complex, which consists of seven towers and is situated near the Masjid al-Haram, the holiest site in Islam.
The Abraj Al Bait Clock Tower is recognized as the tallest clock tower in the world, reaching a height of approximately 601 meters (1,972 feet). It features the largest clock face and largest gold-painted crescent on top of the clock tower. The clock faces measure over 43 meters (141 feet) in diameter.
The construction of the Abraj Al Bait Clock Tower began in 2004 and was completed in 2012. It was built to accommodate thousands of pilgrims visiting Mecca for Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. In addition to housing a five-star hotel, the complex includes residential apartments, commercial spaces, a shopping mall, and various other facilities.
The estimated cost of the Abraj Al Bait Clock Tower project was around $15 billion. However, it’s worth noting that the exact cost can vary depending on factors such as construction materials, labor costs, and other related expenses.
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