New Saudi Arabia Mecca Tower, World’s Biggest Clocks – Count Down Started
(Clocks and tower building built by Osama Bin Laden’s family’s Saudi Binladin Group)
The world’s biggest clock has now started working in The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower.
The recently constructed building itself is one the tallest and biggest buildings of the world.
The clocks are stationed in at almost the very top of the 601 metres (1,972 feet) tall world’s second tallest building.
The face of the largest clock in the world. The clock face measures 43 × 43 m (141 × 141 ft). There are four like this facing the four directions in the Saudi Arabia, Mecca Royal tower building.
These four huge clocks started working from 1st of Muslim Ramadan fasting month of 2011.
In the above photo you see the Mecca Royal Clock tower building with one of the huge Mecca clocks at the top. This is how the clock looks when Muslim pilgrims and worshippers look at it from within the Mecca grand Haram Sheriff Mosque.
The black box like structure in the courtyard of the mosque is what is known as the Holy Kabah. It is the holiest place on earth according to Muslims and they face towards it while in prayers wherever are in the world.
Recent increases in millions of people flocking to Mecca to pray near this Holy Kabbah at times like during Haj Festival, prompted Saudi Arabian authorities to construct this monstrous hotel building to accommodate the Muslim Pilgrims.
Pilgrims in the Royal Clock Tower hotel will not only face towards the Holy Kabah but also will be able to see it without entering the Mecca mosque premises.
This is a arm of the clock, picture taken while it was raised to be fixed on to the clock.
Graphic rendering of the clock as it would appear during night when it is lit by green lights from the back
The face of the clock at daytime
View of the top of the clock tower. Comparing to other buildings in mecca you see in the background you can imagine how tall the tower is. A 71 metres (233 feet) tall spire is to be added on top of the clock.
View of Mecca Haram Sheriff Mosque from the top of the Mecca Clock Building
In addition to having the largest clocks of the world this Mecca Royal Tower building boasts several more world records including
1. The tallest hotel in the world,
2. Tallest clock tower in the world
3. The Building with the world’s largest building floor area,
4. Second tallest building in the world, surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa Skyscraper Building in Dubai
Engineers and construction workers fixing and checking the clocks back lighting
A arm of the clock being lifted using cranes
A face of the clock being constructed on ground before installing on the tower
The world’s biggest clocks at night
View of a clock face from above
The huge clock as seen from above.
Tens of thousands of bulbs are used for lighting the Mecca clock at night.
These are the bulbs behind the huge clock face that light the clock face in a green colour at night