Triumph or Folly? Mecca’s Royal Clock Tower: Mecca: the holiest place in the Muslim world. Yet, in recent years lavish developments like the Mecca Royal Clock Tower have attracted criticism. Is the Saudi appetite for luxury at odds with tradition?

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The Mecca Royal Clock Tower is hard to ignore. At over 600m tall, some consider it a marvel of engineering but others fear the opulent commercialisation of a religious site. As tradition and modernity collide, the late King Abdullah showed a determination to put pilgrims first. “This is Mecca, no work is to be done here” he said. “The most important thing to me is that spirituality is preserved”.

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34 Responses

  1. wagwan6248

    The only people that have a problem with Saudi are non Muslims and "Muslims" that either don't practice their religion or "Muslims" that don't KNOW their religion.

  2. damonstr

    Maybe ISIS can do the world a favour and crash an airliner into that ugly tower.

  3. Weird Kind

    Remember that we Muslims don't worship the Kaaba but only face it for prayer.


    اللهم اعز الاسلام والمسلمين في كل مكان وأذل الشرك والمشركين في كل مكان. اللهم أعز مكه المكرمه. ومن عمرها وأعز ال سعود حماة الدين الإسلامي الحنيف دين الأنبياء والمرسلين الذين جاءوا بكلمة واحدة فقط هي( لا إله إلا الله). موحدين لانعبد الأموات ولاندعوهم من دون الله. نبع صافي كما كان في عهد الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم وعلى طريق الخلفاء الراشدين..

  5. John Davidson

    Why is there a satanic horn on that clock Tower at the top? Wtf

  6. Giuseppe LoGiurato

    As the son of an architect, I don't like this building… I don't think I'd like this building even if I were a Muslim… it's too flashy; it seems to overshadow the holy place.

  7. syafayra wibowo

    semoga Allah SWT berkenan mengundangku bersama keluarga untuk beribadah di tanah suci, Mekkah dan Madinah, Aamiin Ya Robbal Aalamiin

  8. Victor Hugo

    The bottom rock problem is that the Quran claims that Abraham went to Mecca and built the Kaaba and thus founded the city over 3.000 years ago. Not only that, Muslims claim even Moses went to Mecca to pilgrimage.
    Yet, no archeological evidence has ever been found of Jewish settlers from the time of Abraham and Moses. In contrast, Israel, the Sinai and even Egypt are fullllllll of buildings, forts and ancient stones that prove the presence of early Jewish settlers.
    So the "solution" of the Saudis is to bulldoze nearly all Mecca except the Kaaba so if anyone ask for any archeological evidence of Abraham founding the city they will just say it was all destroyed during the "modernization" process of the "holy city" of Mecca.
    Not to mention this "modern" buildings are completely distasteful.

  9. palamirtam MARIMUTHU

    l see Hindu crescent!Lord Siva and Consort Shakti!😍😇ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!

  10. Liam Mulrooney

    Idiots running around in circles getting squashed to death for a fictitious monster…

  11. Rebecca

    this place will be in ancient ruins, islam will be a forgotten religion

  12. alex miller

    ha ha ha ha they build it for arrival of dajjal .. wake up sauds ..

  13. Anonymous Anonymous

    A Disgusting waste of resources..these people love their Religion idolitery more than they love their own brothers and sisters..and these filthy people have the nerve to speak gods name.

  14. gengoodvibe

    What would I do if I was worried about my grand building being targeted for demolition by those who oppose it's existence. I'd place it so close to a holy site that any seeking to destroy it would be stopped by their own fear of it falling on the holy site.

  15. tootah90

    Saudi Arabia received a lot of refugees and made a lot of money for the poor and neighboring countries

  16. Abdul Hannan Chunewala

    Most of the infedels here are commenting bad out of jealousy. I know they are burning inside for such kind of development and money that KSA have.

  17. Abdul Hannan Chunewala

    how the fuck can you compare this pius and blessed city of Makkah to a shithole like las Vegas where crime and sins are done every second. Astagfirullah

  18. Keyfun SmokM50

    Iconic sites is been demolished to prevent people to worship these places.but building a luxury hotel to give profits to the al-saud family is a righteous way?

  19. manofweed1

    I think everyone deserves the chance to visit, and be enthralled by the wonders of a piece of rock.

  20. lokirna md45

    saudis are rich greedy people. even now they say they want to make a 1km building to overpower the dubai burj al khalifa in jeddah. greedy saudis astaghfirullah

  21. Ubah Dahir

    masha Allah I'm happy to be a Muslim and my country is all Muslim Happy wlhi 💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞


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