Bin Laden Group to build world's tallest tower
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud shows a model of the Jeddah Tower on Tuesday.
August 2nd, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Bin Laden Group to build world's tallest tower

Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding has hired Saudi Bin Laden Group to build the world's tallest skyscraper in Jeddah, Gulfnews.com reports.

Jeddah Tower will be 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) tall and will contain a Four Seasons luxury hotel, apartments, condominiums and offices that overlook the Red Sea, Financial Times reported.

Kingdom Holding is paying Bin Laden Group, one of the world's largest construction companies, about $1.2 billion to take on the five-year project, according to Financial Times.

Saudi Bin Laden Group was founded in 1931 by Muhammad Awad bin Laden, the billionaire father of terrorist Osama bin Laden. It built much of Saudi Arabia's highways and infrastructure, as well as entire districts and cities.

The company constructed additions to the Muslim nation's two holiest mosques in Mecca and Medina. It operates throughout the Middle East and was chosen in 1964 to reclad the golden Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem.

Over the years, Saudi Bin Laden Group has expanded into a conglomerate that includes engineering, manufacturing and telecommunications, according to business analysis site Hoovers.com.

Osama bin Laden, the 17th of 52 children, inherited part of his father's fortune, but his radical activities led the family to disown him in 1994.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, a nephew of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, announced the tower building contract Tuesday. He owns 95% of Kingdom Holding, according to Financial Times.

When completed, Jeddah Tower will easily surpass Dubai's 828-meter (2,717-foot) Burj Khalifa as the world's tallest building.

The Chicago firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture designed the project and will oversee its development, Gulfnews.com reported. Adrian Smith was one of Burj Khalifa's designers when he was with Skidmore Owings and Merrill.

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  1. Pismire

    step 1: locate abandoned building step 2: have mythbusters fly a plane into it and wait step 3: prosecute as needed.... they can do it using a scale model building and an r/c plane if that's acceptable...

    August 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Patrick

    I just laid new sod in my yard. Does anyone know where I can buy about 300 tons of fertilizer?

    August 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • lawrence

      Our politicians produce tons of s***t fertilizer every day, maybe you could ask them?

      August 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sevr4

    Actually Elvis is still alive, go to the Burger King in Grand Rapids MI on Thursdays and you will see him.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. tom

    what type of plane will it take to knock this baby down? Bin Laden Group is responsible for destrying buildings not creating them... BS

    August 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • moronic

      Um, no al Queda is responseible for that. Yes, OBL was part of this family, but the bin Laden family is one of the largest construction company in the world. It is not the same thing as al queda. Get over it.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pottymouth

    wonder how of our tax $$$ will be put into this

    August 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Everything is going to be just fine...

    Please stop talking about conspiracy theories. Everyone knows that the American Government is full of wonderful people who are concerned night and day about the welfafe and safety of their citizens. They would not and have not done anything decietful, wrong or corrupt ever. When you have these bad feelings just go to Wal-Mart and buy a gun and flag and watch America's Got Talent and remember....everything is going to be fine. Oh yeah, and don't stop paying your taxes. : ) Yay America!!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Client09

    "american firm from chicago designed it"................................................................OH AMERICA!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. nah

    This is a perfect mark for the future Brievik's and McVeigh's. Instead of stupidly killing your countrymen and blowing up stuff in your home country, go after this thing. Everybody wins!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. JAM

    I hope someone flies a plane into this tower once it is completed and fully occupied with muslim terrorists.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Santa Fean

    Building 7. How did it collapse? Inside job, clearly. Who benefited from this? The War Machine won't be denied.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rick

      Actually it's not clear, unless you wear blinders to all the facts not just the ones that help prove your points. You don't KNOW anything, you just think you know.

      August 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santa Claus

      Fire brought down Building 7 and poor fireproofing.

      August 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Yeah, the war machine, which soiled its own bed with two dumb wars. Did you not notice that the ol' War Machine didn't make out the best in the 2008 elections?

      Do you REALLY think that there is greed at that level in this country? Do you REALLY think that if anybody did want to stage a bogus terrorist event that they would even DREAM of killing so many? Could they have maybe hit a bridge and killed a couple hundred and still fed this war machine that you dream about? Yeah, you are totally deluded.

      August 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anthony

    And the United states is helping.....How nice. Another fine example of American Corp greed.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brain

      my company is benefitting from this project – would you like a job? it pays absolutely nothing since you seem to be against making money and all that mess...

      August 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NipponReptilian

    These ILLUMINATI poeple love the Pyramid shape building so much. But I do not think they can finish because the time is going to run out very soon. Let's welcom GALACTIC FEDERATION. Check any spaceships near you. Just go to Intellicast website and loop.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. GW

    Oh let the jokes begin!!

    August 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Rav

    Wow !
    People are really ignorant here.
    So if I use all of your logic- We should go hurt- The Mcveighs (Oklohoma bomber), The family of the Una bomber, Jewish Defense League plot by Chairman Irv Rubin , the families of all of the Militias that are out to hurt the USA !

    August 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Kenny

    Would it not be proper to contact/question the civil/ structural engineer who made the WTC. David Robertson? Thanks.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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