Sunday, September 28, 2008
When modernity touch religion it's no surprise that edifice belong to it veered away from the cultural. Abraj Al Bait is no exception, a five-star hotel. Abraj Al Bait is lived to welcome and serve visitors who pay visit to the Holy City of Makkah from corners of the world. the edifice is capable of handling 65,00 people, four-storey 780-car parking and 10 for buses, fully serviced one-to-three bedrooms. It also includes a four-storey mall for convenience, conference center for 1,500 persons and equipped by two helipads. The prayer hall is capable of handling 3800 persons.
The project is commissioned to Bin Laden Group and in design of architectural firm Architect Dar Al Handasah Architects. The name of the building is equivalent to 'The House' in plain english.
Abraj Al Bait is a conglomeration of seven towers which is bombarded by its below average design. When completed it will be the largest (not the tallest single-premise (buldings) in the world and soars at the height of 485 meters. Height will be the most in Saudi Arabia overreaching Petronas Towers who crowned from its astronomical height from 1998 until 2003. Building sits across the street from the entrance to the Masjid al Haram, which houses holiest site in Islam, -Kabaa.
Emaar is the developer of Abraj Al Bait.
Construction is on going and timed to finish before 2009.