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Mecca, Saudi Arabia

the Abraj Al Bait Mall

The Abraj Al-Bait (Translated as "The Towers of the House") 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, A Fairmont Hotel, has the world's largest clock face and is the third tallest building and fourth tallest freestanding structure 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. It is the world's most expensive building with the total cost of construction equaling US$15 billion.

 

In addition, the Abraj Al-Bait Towers has a five-story shopping mall (the Abraj Al Bait Mall) 4000 stores featuring a range of international brands, with the world's most expensive rentals.

 

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