Abraj Al-Bait


The Abraj Al-Bait Towers is a complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia that is also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower. The building, opened in 2012, holds several world records, including tallest clock tower in the world and world’s largest clock face (the tower has four clock faces each measuring 46m in diameter).

The complex’s highest building, which has 120 floors, reaches 601m (1,972ft), thus making it the second highest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It towers over the nearby Masjid al-Harām (Sacred Mosque) – the site of the Hajj pilgrimage.

The Abraj Al-Bait features a five-star hotel, which has 858 rooms – guests can even choose a room the overlooks the Kaaba in the centre of the Sacred Mosque. The complex also has a prayer room that can accommodate more than 10,000 people, as well as a 20-storey shopping mall, parking for more than 1,000 vehicles, an Islamic museum and a lunar observation centre.