World's largest clock to tick in Mecca soon
Dubai: The world's largest clock will soon start ticking atop a soaring skyscraper in Islam's holiest city of Mecca, according to a report on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia hopes the four faces of the new clock, which will loom over Mecca's Grand Mosque, will establish the city as an alternative time standard to the Greenwich median,
the Saudi press agency reported.
The experimental operation of Makkah Clock will start
in the first week of the holy month of Ramadan and the project
will be fully finalised after three months of the operation.
According to SPA, the overall height of the clock
tower is 601 meters and the clock height from its base to the
highest point is 251 meters.
The tower housing the clock is being built in an
Islamic style of architecture. Two lifts will carry visitors
to a five-meter balcony below the clocks and the landmark
edifice will carry intricate Islamic decorative artworks.