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Mecca Clock Royal Tower Hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Height (Architectural): 601 mHeight (Occupied): 558 mFloors: 120Observation Decks: 558.7 m

Mecca Clock Royal Tower Hotel is the tallest tower of the Abraj Al-Bait Towers complex in Mecca (Makkah). There are also six other towers in the complex: Hajar (260 m), ZamZam (260 m), Maqam (250 m), Qibla (250 m), Marwah (240 m) and Safa (240m). The construction of the complex completed in 2012. According to the Saudi Ministry of Religious Endowments, the project cost US$ 15 billion.

The towers are part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that strives to modernize the holiest city of Islam to overcome a huge flow of pilgrims during Hajj period.

Mecca Clock Royal Tower Hotel (Fairmont operating hotel) dominated over the world's largest mosque and Islam's most sacred site, the Grand Mosque - Masjid al Haram and the Kaaba ("The Cube"). The Hotel Tower holds some world records (2013) as the tallest clock tower in the world, the world's largest clock face (43 m × 43 m) and the world's tallest hotel.

The complex was built after the demolition of the Ajyad Fortress, the 18th century Ottoman citadel.

This approach to the historical monuments is not related to the period of the Ottoman Empire.The officially approved form of Islam in Saudi Arabia (Wahhabism), is hostile to any reverence given to historical or religious places of significance for fear that it may give rise to idolatry. As a consequence, it has been estimated that since 1985 about 95% of Mecca's historic buildings, most over a thousand years old (from the times of Prophet Muhammad) have been demolished. It has been reported that now there are fewer than 20 structures remaining in Mecca that date back to the time of Muhammad. (WP)

Tourist & Business Info

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Address » Makkah Haram, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Observation Deck Info » An observatory deck at 558.7 m is at the base of the clock. Elevators take visitors up to an observation balcony just beneath the clock faces. The deck includes a high-tech telescope used to observe the moon during Ramadan. It also includes a room for sightseeing.
Fairmont Hotel » Hotel’s 858 guest rooms and suites are thoughtfully and elegantly appointed—with extravagant amenities and five-star services. Rooms: from 43 m² (Guest Rooms) to 184 m² (Gold Presidential Suites). Prices are approximately US$ 280 - US$ 3000 (Fairmont Gold Presidential Suites), depending on the season. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 p.m. Booking during the Hajj period is very much difficult.
Dining » There are 9 restaurants in the hotel serving dishes from every continent: Aja, Al Dar, Al Dira, Atyaf, Baharat, Mazaq, Mirkaz, The Grill, Zan.
Meetings » More than 3,200 square meters (34,000 square feet) of ornate function space—replete with a full-service business center and professional staff—comprise 12 exceptional banquet rooms, one spectacular ballroom (with a VIP seating section), and eight state-of-the-art meeting rooms, along with pre-function areas. Themed and customized catering options (also available for offsite events) provide the perfect accent.
Spa » Tower offers two distinct spa and fitness experiences: a men’s gym and a women’s spa, which includes a sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room.
Abraj Al-Bait Towers » Include a 20 storey shopping mall (the Abraj Al Bait Mall) and a parking garage capable of holding over a thousand vehicles. Residential towers house permanent residents while two heliports and a conference center are to accommodate business travelers. In total, up to 100,000 people could be housed inside the towers.
Visas » For legal documents and visas, guests traveling to Makkah (Mecca) are highly advised to visit the Saudi Embassy or licensed Hajj and Umra operators in their country of residence.
WARNING: Non-Muslims are strictly prohibited from entering the city of Mecca! The penalty is deportation from the country (SA). Documentation will be checked upon entry and anyone not showing proof of being Muslim will be denied entry. As a solitary exception, the Mecca bus terminal (outside city limits) is open to all.

Construction Info

Saudi Bin Laden Group (

Saudi Bin Laden Group(

Design Architect
Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners(

Structural Engineer
Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners(

Main Contractor
Saudi Bin Laden Group(

MEP Engineer
Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners(

Number & Top Speed of Elevators for Development
96; 6 m/s

Clock Tower GFA
310,638 m²

Abraj Al-Bait Development GFA
1,575,815 m²


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