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Monday, 14 September 2015 10:55

Dozens Dead in Mecca

Dozens were killed in the carnage of the Grand Mosque of Mecca in the western part of Saudi Arabia, a few weeks before the annual Islamic pilgrimage. More than 107 people died while 238 were injured.

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  • Date occured Monday, 14 September 2015

Makkah, Saudi Arabia will soon be the home to the worlds largest hotel. Upon completion the Abraj Kudai will offer 10,000 rooms in 12 separate towers. The project will total almost 686,000 square feet and house 70 restaurants, a shopping mall, prayer halls, a convention center and multiple helipads. It will also be capped with a central dome that is expected to be one of the largest in the world. The price tag for this project is roughly 3.5 billion dollars.

According to project handlers the 1km-high Kingdom Tower, “has challenged mankind to outdo himself”! It is also the view of Dr. Hisham Jonah, chief development officer of Jeddah Economic City, whether it is really possible to build even higher in the future. The skyscraper will have 252 floors overall, 167 of which will be occupied. It will also have the world’s highest observation deck. The actual tower will start at 20 meters above the ground floor with the largest floor being an 85,000-m2 parking lot that will house 2,200 cars. At 6,700-m2, the footprint of the structure will be divided into three different entrances for the hotel, residences and offices.

“You hear from Qatar, Azerbaijan and the Emirates that there are plans for towers that are 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6 km high. I wonder how they will reach that,” asked Jomah.

One of the largest problems, according to Jomah, was how to reach 167 floors in 1.6 minutes through the elevators.

Construction on the world’s tallest building, the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, is scheduled to begin this week. The Kingdom Tower will measure 3,280 feet tall once completed and will feature a 98-foot terrace on the 157th floor. The building will measure 568 feet taller than the world’s current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tower is expected to cost $1.23 billion and take five years to construct.

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  • Date occured Monday, 21 April 2014

Material testing is about to get underway on the world’s next tallest building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom Tower will have an architectural height of 1,000 meters once finished, over 130 meters taller the current tallest building the Burj Khalifa. Thornton Tomasetti was hired as the structural engineering firm for skyscraper and the project is expected to cost $1.23 billion. The tower is the first phase of a the three phase Kingdom City development project. The total cost to build Kingdom City will be around $20 billion.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 27 February 2014