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Top 6 man-made wonders of Saudi Arabia

09 Sep 2014 10 AM

Top 6 man-made wonders of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is world-famous for its distinctive and striking architecture – not just in its own country, but all over the world. It’s incredible that these breath-taking buildings have all been built by man – often reaching dizzying heights of almost 1,000 ft and with each new building being a contender for world records.

So when you travel around Saudi Arabia, there are certain buildings you really do have to see – true wonders of man’s ability to innovate and go further than we’ve ever gone before. In fact, until you’ve seen some of these buildings with your own eyes, you’ll hardly believe something that high or impressive could even exist.

Kingdom Tower, Riyadh


If you’ve ever been lucky enough to see the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, you won’t forget it in a hurry. In fact, thanks to Riyadh’s largely flat landscape you can hardly miss it.

Standing 992 feet tall, the Kingdom Tower is the second tallest building in Saudi Arabia with one of the most unique designs you’ll ever see. It has a hole in it.

Best known for its distinctive SkyBridge, visitors can view the Saudi capital from one of the most magnificent structures in the Middle East.

Breakwater Beacon, Jeddah


The next man-made wonder of Saudi Arabia has become a symbol of the city’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. This tall, slim breakwater beacon is twice the height it was originally intended to be – around 60m high.

It’s an iconic landmark along the Jeddah coastline and it’s best witnessed at night when its beacon shines out across the city and the Red Sea.

Abraj al-Bait, Makkah


Wondering what this is? It’s the biggest clock tower in the world with the world’s largest clock face. The Abraj al-Bait towers over the holy city of Makkah at a staggering 1, 972 ft and it’s so big that it’s visible from 25 kilometres away.

It’s a government-owned building used to cater to pilgrims to the city and it’s currently the third largest building in the world. Stay at the Makkah Hilton and you’ll be right next door to this wonder of human architecture.

Kingdom Tower, Jeddah


Not to be confused with the tower of the same name in Riyadh, Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower is still under construction yet promises to reach unprecedented heights. When complete, it will be the tallest building in the world and the centrepiece of Kingdom City.

Thrill-seekers pay attention – this tower is going to be 1 kilometre high and have the highest observation deck in the world, which will overlook the Red Sea from 2,000 feet in the air. What’s more, its high speed elevators will travel up to 10 metres per second, taking you to dizzying heights within seconds.

And the architectural design? It’s going to the look like the tallest, most incredible shard of glass you’ve ever seen.

It’s not expected to be completed until 2019 but if you book a stay at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel you’ll be able to see it take shape.

Holy Haram


It may not be particularly tall, but this is certainly a man-made wonder of the Islamic world. Most impressive when it fills with thousands of pilgrims each year for the Hajj, the Holy Haram is undoubtedly the most significant building in Islam and Saudi Arabia.

It’s one of Islam’s holiest places and all able-bodied Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage there at least once in their lifetime. As a result, each year during the Hajj period, the Haram fills with around 2 million Muslims from all over the world, making it one of the largest annual gatherings of Muslims in the world.

Stay at the Makkah Hilton and you’ll have stunning views of the Holy Haram from the comfort of your luxury hotel suite. In fact, stay at a Hilton hotel in any top destination and you’ll be in close proximity to the world’s most impressive buildings in all four corners of the globe.

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