World's largest clock to start tests in Ramadan

Makkah's clock project to undergo three months of testing

The clock tower will become the second tallest building in the world when completed. Photo: Getty.
The clock tower will become the second tallest building in the world when completed. Photo: Getty.

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The world's largest clock tower being constructed in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, will begin testing in the first week of Ramadan, it has been announced.

The Makkah Clock project, which has been developed by engineers from Germany and Switzerland along with a team of specialists from Europe and around the world, will be fully completed after three months in operation.

The overall height of the clock tower is 601 metres and the clock height from its base to the highest point is 251 metres, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The tower will be the tallest in the world and will be able to be viewed from a distance of seven kilometres.

The clock will stand on the fifth tower of King Abdulaziz Endowment Project facing the Holy Mosque of Makkah.

The tower housing the clock is being built in a peculiar Islamic style of architecture while the clock will have four faces - one in each direction.

The Name of Allah will be inscribed on each of the four clock faces and two lifts will carry visitors to a balcony below the clocks.

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower complex includes over 500 shopping outlets and food courts, luxury apartments on levels 30 to 52, five ‘Royal’ floors, and the 1,005-room Fairmont Hotel, which covers a further 28 floors. There are a total of 76 elevators.
 

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