World’s Second-Tallest Building in Saudi to Open in June

14 April 2010 (Last Updated April 14th, 2010 18:30)

The first part of the world's second-tallest building, the Mecca Royal Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia, will be unveiled in June. The $3bn building features two parts; one made of a 662m concrete structure and the other made of a 155m crescent-topped metal spire. It will ho

The first part of the world's second-tallest building, the Mecca Royal Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia, will be unveiled in June.

The $3bn building features two parts; one made of a 662m concrete structure and the other made of a 155m crescent-topped metal spire.

It will house a 45m-wide and 43m-tall clock on all four sides of the tower.

The German-made clock, touted to be the largest in the world, will begin operations in July.

The seven-storey hotel complex, also known as Abraj al-Bayt Towers, comprises 3,000 rooms and suites.

The structure will be 11m shorter than Dubai's Burj Khalifa and it's concrete section will be taller than the current second-tallest building in the world, the 508m Taipei 101 in Taiwan.