Saudi hotel to snatch world's tallest title in Q3

Fairmont's Makkah Clock Royal Tower set to open in third quarter, will be 577m high.
Saudi hotel to snatch world's tallest title in Q3
CLOCK WATCHING: An artists impression of the clock at Fairmonts Clock Tower Hotel in Makkah.
By Shane McGinley
Thu 14 Jan 2010 11:31 AM

Rotana’s newly opened 333 metre tall Rose Rayhaan in Dubai will lose its title as the world’s tallest hotel later this year when the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts group opens the Makkah Clock Royal Tower in Makkah.

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2010 and will be 76 storeys and 577 metres high, the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts said this week.

The tower, which is being developed by the Saudi Bin Laden Group, will also house the Emaar Residences.

The Fairmont hotel will be the centre point of the iconic Abraj Al Bait Complex, part of the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project which has been tasked with upgrading the areas around the Two Holy Mosques.

Located in the holy city of Makkah, the hotel will be adjacent to the Masjid al Haram, the holiest site in Islam.

The hotel will have 858 rooms and will include a 40 metre clock, more than five times larger than Big Ben in London, which will be visible up to 17km away and will announce the daily prayers to the Muslim world.

The tower will also include the Lunar Observation Center and Islamic Museum.

“The newly developed property, Makkah Clock Royal Tower in Saudi Arabia, will be a key destination for visitors from the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East, strengthening the popularity of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts with travelers from the region,” the hotel group said in a statement.

The $180m Rose Rayhaan by Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road was officially opened on January 6 and has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest hotel.

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