Published on 6th August 2018 by

Triumph or Folly? Mecca’s Royal Clock Tower: Mecca: the holiest place in the Muslim world. Yet, in recent years lavish developments like the Mecca Royal Clock Tower have attracted criticism. Is the Saudi appetite for luxury at odds with tradition?

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The Mecca Royal Clock Tower is hard to ignore. At over 600m tall, some consider it a marvel of engineering but others fear the opulent commercialisation of a religious site. As tradition and modernity collide, the late King Abdullah showed a determination to put pilgrims first. “This is Mecca, no work is to be done here” he said. “The most important thing to me is that spirituality is preserved”.

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