The central hotel tower, has the world’s largest clock face and is the third-tallest building and fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world. The clock tower contains the Clock Tower Museum that occupies the top four floors of the tower.
Makkah Royal Clock Tower is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia, with a height of 601 metres. The fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world, surpassing the Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen, China but shorter than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE, the Tokyo Skytree in Tokyo, Japan, the Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China, and the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China.
The project uses clock faces for each side of the main hotel tower. At 43 m × 43 m, these are the largest in the world. The roof of the clocks is 450 m above the ground, making them the world’s most elevated architectural clocks.
The tower is a part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that aims to modernize the city in catering to its pilgrims.
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