Makkah Clock Royal Tower - The Giant Hotel That Overlooks The Holiest Islamic Site In The WorldMakkah Clock  
Royal Tower

Each year millions of pilgrims flock to participate in the Hajj - a mandatory (once in a lifetime) visit to the holiest city of Islam, Mecca.

As there are approximately two billion Muslims worldwide, the Saudi Arabian city had one of the biggest challenges to solve to accommodate all the travelers coming to see the Kaaba, the "House of God". And so they built a complex of seven skyscraper hotels costing $15 billion.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower is the fourth-tallest building in the world, rising to 1,972 feet (601 meters).

The tallest tower contains a five-star hotel with 1,618 (!) rooms and suites operated by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. It spreads on a mind-blowing 16,145,866 square feet (​​1,500,000 square meters) floor area.

It towers above Islam's holiest site, offering an unprecedented panoramic view of the Masjid al-Haram - the Great Mosque of Mecca.

Lebanon-based architectural group Dar Al-Handasah designed the complex, which features the world's tallest and largest clock.

Fairmont Makkah Clock Royal Tower & Kaaba

You better be fast; during the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the rooms are sold years ahead!

Makkah Clock Royal Tower

The clock tower at the top part of the skyscraper is fully functioning and punctual because an atomic clock operates it. It's so tall that there are four full floors hidden behind it.

Not surprisingly, it's the largest clock face in the world, measuring 141 feet × 141 feet (43 meters × 43 meters. By comparison, Big Ben's four faces are only 23 feet (7 meters) in diameter.

At night, the clocks are illuminated by 2 million LED lights along with the Arabic inscription, "In the name of Allah".

They show the Arabic Standard Time - which is three hours ahead of GMT. The clock is said to be visible from 30 kilometers away.

The top portion of the bell tower was designed by the German architectural firm SL Rasch and also features a 23-foot-tall (7 meters) crescent decorated with gold mosaics.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Lobby

The 76-story five-star luxury hotel is only 330 feet (100 meters) from the Masjid al-Haram Grand Mosque.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Luxurious Lobby

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Lounge

Makkah Clock Royal Tower VIP Lounge

The hotel is part of the Abraj Al Bait complex, where you will find a staggering 4,000 shops. Dining options are plenty too.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Al Dira Restaurant

Even if you don't set foot outside the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, you can choose from nine top-of-the-class restaurants.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Private Luxurious Dining

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel Living Room

Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel Bedroom

Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel Living Room Overlooking The Great Mosque Of Mecca

Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel Twin Room

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Fairmont Hotel Overlooking Mecca

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Fairmont Hotel Guest Suite

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Fairmont Hotel Bathroom

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Fairmont Hotel Grand Royal Suite

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Fairmont Hotel Grand Royal Suite Bathroom

Fairmont Hotel Fitness Center

Please be aware that the hotel only hosts Muslim guests, as even to enter the holy city of Mecca; you have to be a follower of the religion.

King Abdul Aziz Rd, Endowment, Ajyad Street, Mecca 24231, Saudi Arabia