Saudi Arabia builds a $800 million clock to dwarf the Big Ben

The Greenwich Mean Time is up for a stiff competition from the Mecca. The Muslim community worldwide is all set to synchronize their watches with a giant clock in the Islamic holy city of Mecca. Bearing a resemblance to the Big Ben tower the 2000 feet tall monument will feature a four-faced clock and will run on Arabia Standard Time; three hours ahead of GMT. Towering over the holy Kabaa in Mecca, Saudi Arabia at a height of 1,972 ft, will sit atop a massive skyscraper which when completed will be one of the world’s tallest buildings.

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Each clock face will be set in 98 million pieces of glass mosaics and bear the inscription ‘God is greatest’ in Arabic. The 130-foot diameter clock dials will be visible over a 16 mile radius. The entire project is being designed by German and Swiss engineers and as per the directions of the Ministry of Religious Endowments. The project will cost $800 million. DailyMail reports that ‘The unveiling of the clock is a deliberate attempt to take over from Greenwich Observatory which was chosen as the starting point for the measurement of time in 1884.’

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