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. Bubba Schmo

    @Mikey: Having not seen the plans, how could you possibly make that statement?? I would think being an Engineer you would be a little brighter than that...

    August 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      I don't have to see any plans to be able to use common sense. You probably never been involved in high strenght steel design before. A plane hitting a building of that kind is like a mosquito poking a human ( do the math )

      August 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      @Mikey – I have never had a mosquito shaped hole in my arm and an ensuing internal fire from one flying into me.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. maurypovich

    1.2 billion? That is all it costs to build that? That stupid golden yacht from a few weeks back was valued at 4.2 billion. Strange days indeed.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Spaceman

    $1.2 billion sounds seriously cheap. Labour, cranes and materials must be dirt cheap. Factor in 100 dead in the 5 years.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jc

    The building will be to honor Osama...

    August 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TheThinker

    ... so they get the dang thing halfway built, then the finance guys start claiming that the business pukes gave them bad requirements, which the suits deny, saying the requirements were clear, but the designers can't get the construction supervisors to simply build to the design, which they claim is clear. Meanwhile the union workers can't understand why the owners won't acknowledge their simple requests.
    Completely confounded, everyone just quits, leaving the half-completed project to rot.
    And God says "that's TWO".

    August 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hippediva

    Does that mean we get to blow it up first?

    August 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Funky-face

      What a ridiculous comment

      August 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. troll babalooey

    @Brad: it's not FAIR? What are you, 7?

    August 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ironore068

    Same company that built th twin towers in the USA. Only difference is George Bush Senior was a half shareholder then! Think about it?????

    August 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David Clark

    Oh good now we can have a little target practice

    August 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Funky-face

      Tool

      August 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    Good thing that we got osama. He'd have some idiots flying into this tower too.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Hes going to destroy his family's tower?

      August 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      @chris Never heard of sarcasm ????? GHEEEEESH !!!!!!!!!!

      August 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jake

    Joe...the idiot.

    Remember the Austin airplane that was flown into the IRS building last year?

    It's a small 4 story building (wider and longer than it is tall) that was hit by a single-engine fixed-wing Piper PA-28-236.
    A much smaller and slower flying plane than what flew into the WTC.

    Study shows this little plane slammed into the building with well over a million foot-pounds of energy that caused the building to sway 4" then back 3".

    August 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Jake, don't go confusing him with the facts!

      August 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amurika

      So, the building is still an inch off? Can the guy deduct that damage from his airplane? Or take the damage as a loss against future capital gains? Just sayin....

      August 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amurika

      So the building is still an inch off? Can the pilot take the damage as a loss against future capital gains?

      August 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Meki60

    Too bad you will not be able to get a glass of wine in the restaurant. Why would anyone want to stay there?

    August 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dirty Joe

    The guy's name is Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud!

    First of all, why do you need so many freaking names. Secondly, "Bin" is in the name twice. Moron!

    August 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ironic?

    Do we get to hijack their planes and fly them into their tower now?

    August 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. michaelfury

    Barry Jennings lives.

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/truth-crushed-to-earth-shall-rise/

    August 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
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