Thursday, November 19, 2009

Abraj Al Bait Towers

This skyscraper complex is being built in Mecca, the holiest place for Muslims. It is scheduled to be ready by 2010. Its existence is based on a foundation of developers' arrogance. Firstly, it was built after demolishing a 200+ years old fort. Secondly, this Manhattan-lookalike is being built bang opposite Masjid Al Haram, the mosque which dates from 7th century onwards. Thirdly, the height of the tallest building of this complex will be 595 m; the city till 1960s, had only low-lying medieval structures.

The complex will have a 4-storey shopping mall, a conference-center for business travellers and a seven-star hotel. A 7-star-hotel for pilgrims on the holiest journey of their lives, bang opposite a mosque site dating from medieval times !!! A shopping-mall and a conference-center opposite a site which is holiest to all Muslims !!! What a contrast of functions of a pair of neighbouring structures.

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