The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, 601 metre high clock tower, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, is the tallest and largest in the world, beating other clock towers in the world, like the one at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw Poland, the Big Ben in London and the Ann-Bradley Clock Tower in Milwaukee, United States of America. The new landmark in Mecca, is three times bigger than the Big Ben in London, could be seen from 17km away at night and 12km during the day. The two million LED lights on the clock faces, which flash five times a day to signal the call to prayer, can be seen from a distance of 28km. The four clock faces are decorated with 90 million pieces of glass mosaics.The clock tower, reported to cost USD$3 billion, is scheduled for completion in February next year.
The building holds several world records in the construction world, including: the tallest hotel in the world, constructed with the tallest clock tower in the world and displaying the world's largest clock face, the world's largest building floor area, and will become the second tallest building in the world upon completion, surpassed only by Dubai's Burj Khalifa upon its opening in 2011. The building complex is meters away from the world's largest mosque and Islam's most sacred site, the Masjid al Haram.
Malaysians can take pride in the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower or the Abraj Al-Bait which faces the Masjidil Haram or Grand Mosque here because it has a Malaysian touch. Wan Nazri Wan Aria, 31, an engineer with a German company, SL Rasch, is responsible for coming up with the design of the giant clock tower. He is a Melaka-born Malaysian who went to further his studies at the Stuttgart University in Germany after graduating from Universiti Teknologi Mara in 2002.