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, 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

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, reported. Adrian Smith was one of Burj Khalifa's designers when he was with Skidmore Owings and Merrill.

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  1. Lloyds of London

    And if not for the Securacom corporations "stay put and wait on rescue" orders sounding on the WTC's public address system, very few would have died. Fortunatly, most people ignored the "safety warning" message and fled. Others, who changed their minds after waiting too long for rescue and fled down the stairwells were met head-on by fighfighters going up, causing 'bottlenecks' where everyone died. Who is this 'Securacom' in charge of WTC, Boston Logan and Dulles Airfield security on 9/11? And why did George W. Bush's youngest brother vote to have Securacom dissolved on 9/12...the day after 9/11? And why have YOU never even heard of Securacom nor Marvin Bush? "YOU" claiming to be "informed". Most simply don't give a ratz azz about US.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |

    Visit this website and see the proof. Find out how fireproof black-box flight recorders melted that day but plastic-covered paper passports with pictures of "terrorists" on them miraculously survived...along with the results of a genuine investigation following standard operating procedures that were ignored by investigators on 9/11 made by now retired and well decorated firefighters along with the website's founder, a Merit Class 1 NYPD Lietenant now retired. Plan on spending several hours there, so it'll help if you really really want to know.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. revenge

    good..when they are done spending 1.2 Billion...lets let them have a taste of revenge!!!! 9/11 anyone?

    August 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • uhh

      You're an idiot.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |

    Osama bin Laden was an enemy of the world. Anyone who shares his name is a curse to humanity. They can't protect their precious towers 24/7, and they have made a lot of enemies. Just saying.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • uhh

      You're an idiot too.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. I wonder

    I wonder if it will be designed to take a direct hit from a Boeing 777 filled with jet fuel? Oh, right, they don't have to worry about that stuff over there.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Concerned America

    sounds like a good target to me............

    August 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Just stop it....

    ....Philip. Your 911 rantings are getting old, no matter what stupid name you post under.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Un@#!*&#@ believeable

    I am at a loss for words really. All truthers need lined up and shot.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sam

    or beheaded with SWORD in PUBLIC

    August 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. paul

    looks more likr the leaning tower of piazza

    August 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Where did the Towers go?

    And where did all that dust come fromm?

    August 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mylifemyway

    I am disgusted after reading only about a 10th of these comments. Anyone see Idiocracy?" Deerrrrr let's blow it up, it's got the same name. That bad." Christ people, this company has been operating longer than most of you have been alive! Some guy said they should rename the co... Really? If your last name is Johnson and your brother murders someone, are you going to change your name? This company happens to be one of the largest construction companies in the WORLD. They have had many projects and now you want to blow up one building of theirs because it's tall and OBL was related to the founder??? That is just sick and frankly, puts you on the same level as Osama himself.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bumpkin

      I wonder why you don't meet any Hitlers anymore, and very few Adolphs...

      August 3, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr.Butters

      You are actively ignoring the fact the company was created BEFORE Osama Bin Laden attacked. If someone named with the last name Ford performed a terrorist attack would you demand Ford change it's name?

      August 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerry

      Idiocracy is right. Blame CNN for trying to stir up trouble and page hits with a headline that includes Bin Laden and World's Tallest Tower and the knee jerk reactions that occur because of it. How many people actually read the article in full? Especially the part that states the Bin Laden's disowned their son Osama.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Wired

      The Bin Ladin Family, especially Osama's brother, are extremely pro american.

      That being said, a plane flying into it would be....hillarious in its own little immature way.

      August 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wired

      Correction, Osama's late brother: he died in an airplane accident a long time ago.

      August 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. franklin3517


    Only Muslim extremists were happy. Not the Muslim population in general but that's probably not what Fox News wanted you to know.

    How do you tell them apart. Kill them all, then you know you got the right ones.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marv

      Actually a bunch of Mossad members were celebrating also. Do we exterminate them all too? Also do we exterminate all blacks and hispanics since a lot of crimes are committed by blacks and hispanics? What next....

      August 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ME

    Actually, this could be the perfect "Middle Finger" to Osama's philosophies... He did want the world to return to pre-Industrial Revolution, pre-Capitalism times. I'd think he would be spinning in his grave... Well, if you can spin that deep underwater.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marv

    Borrowed from an earlier post: Osama was part of the Bin Laden family and he had 50+ siblings because his father had several wives. Osama was shunned by his family many years ago because he embarrassed them. Saudi Arabia revoked his citizenship. The Bin Laden Group is one of the largest contractors in Saudi Arabia and even built several US military installations.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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