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. whoa

    Prince AllIwantisweed Bin Total Bin Abdulabuzz Absurd will announce that he now owns 97% of all the money in the world.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Flo

    I wish Michael Fury was silent....

    August 2, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. CHAD

    The bigger they are the harder they fall.I hope they spend Millions

    August 2, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Really????

    WHo the Hell is Michael Fury?

    August 2, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Really????

      Oh I see now...

      August 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Brad

    So...the late leader/owner of the Bin Laden Group (Osama) knocks down the WTC towers and murders 3000 Americans...

    ...and then Saudi Arabia hires them to build the world's tallest building in Saudi Arabia.

    This sounds like a "victory tower" for Islam to me.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Noxx

      Brad, this sounds more like "This is where the money you put into your car goes, you dumb SUV driving Americans". Either way, I dislike 😛

      August 2, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Osama wasn't part of the Bin Laden group, just his family.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Pity that Osama never was the leader or owner of Bin Laden Group.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • whoa

      @Cedar Rabid – Bad gene pool.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doobie13

      Brad, your ignorance is showing.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      US government orchestrated the event of 9/11 to have a reason to invade other countries and make it sounds we are responding to the attack on our soil. All this because they want the OIL in the middle east, bc its the largest reserve in the world. I always ask myself why there were 7 buildings collapsed when it was just 2 planes hit the towers. what about that tower it fell a couple days later and nobody hit? why did insurance pay for the claims? How come they found PASSPORTS of the "hijackers" and didnt find the BLACK BOX which designed for this issue? US invaded two muslim countries and killed millions and sunk into the war like always "Vietnam is an example" lost over $3.7 trillions for the wars, didn't find what so called WOMD, and now you brag about Saudis building something f***ing think in their country? the same crying over the GZ Mosque. quick reminder, in Saudi Arabia, killing a person penlty is, BEHEADED IN PUBLIC

      August 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Harry Baxter

    I know what you're all thinking, but if you post it here, it will get censored.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • whoa

      Probably, but let's do it anyway.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. whoa

    If Michael Fury comes back, just hit the 'report abuse' flag.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Flo

    Brad, he wasn't the owner...

    August 2, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Flo

    @whoa:
    That doesn't work. He gets reported on a daily basis...

    August 2, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Moondawn

    Tower of Babel, anyone?

    August 2, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Autumn

    What is wrong with you people? Just because the name of the developers has an unfortunate similarity to a (now deceased) terrorist, you think to act irrationally? Saudi Arabia has the right, just as any other developing country, to demonstrate its success in business by funding new construction. Quiet your bigotry and let's try to instigate peace instead of continued war.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesse in KC

      I mostly agree with you, and the point you make I 100% agree with, I just wanted to point out that it's not just a name similarity, they are in fact Osama's family. The bin Laden family (which Osama was part of) is one of the richest families in the Middle East, so calling it an "unfortunate similarity" is incorrect, it's more like, "with unfortunate familial ties to", like, you know, father, brother, uncle, etc.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Flo

    yuh, are you really that dim?

    August 2, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. dutspup

    may name is Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud but you can call me Al

    August 2, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Comedy at it's best!!

      August 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Flo

    @dutspup:
    Lol

    August 2, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. WasabiPotPie

    Rich muslims build super towers and ski slops indoors but poor muslims kill eachother in the streets. I guess religion has nothing to do with it.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
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