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Overpowering Mecca

Overpowering Mecca

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There are approximately 1,6 billion followers of Islam around the world. Besides, this number representing more than 20% of world’s population is still growing. More than 12 million people a year visit the most sacred place for Muslims -Mecca. No wonder that one of the greatest hotels around the globe was built in the birthplace of Muhammad.

Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel is the third highest building in the world reaching as high as 601 meters and holding the world’s largest clock face, which brings to mind London’s Big Ben. The building offers a prayer room for 10.000 people and its entire lodging capacity covers 100.000 people (including residential parts).

The scale of the Abraj Al Bait outshines other projects around the globe by its size (and despite the controversial architecture). It’s a good example of demand driven innovation reflected in the tremendous magnitude.

Author: Dawid Szutowski

Source: Mecca makeover: how the hajj has become big business for Saudi Arabia

Ohoty by Shahin Olakara, source: Flickr.com

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