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. Well......

    This is an ammazing feat. I read about it while it was still in the plannig stages many years ago. Fortunatley Osoma has (had) nothing to do with it, it's his father. This building is to be about about a mile square. As I remember: there will even be strees in it to drive cars. And as somebody said, I think it is about the prestige of having the tallest building in the world; building a city would be cheaper.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. MIke

    Its for the 72 virgins when they die....lol

    August 2, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. whoa

    Send Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture a nastygram.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason Strong

      Why? Because he's a famous architect and you're a nobody who's never been asked to do anything but move out of the way?

      August 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TKA

    Would it be wrong to say someone should knock it the F@#k down after it's built?

    August 2, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • YeomanDroid

      then afterwards celebrate its destruction worldwide? remember how happy every muslim was happy when they learned the WTC collapsed? i do.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I was just about to say it, actually... something to the tune of "Makes me want to get a pilots license" or something similar...

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

      Yep I remember that. Bunch of Ass Clowns!

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

      yes it would be wrong.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • KAT

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

      August 2, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. TXJim

    Funny headline get attention.... Osama Bin Laden was ex-communicated by his family a loooooonnng time ago... They wanted nothing to do with his madness..

    August 2, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • whoa

      So they say....

      August 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. paulm5545

    And all I would ask for is a puny $10 million to make my remaining years tolerable. Ah, to be rich!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. miss vickey

    It seems to me, that having the World's tallest Building only invites terrorists to bring it down. I certainly would not want to reside or work in that tower, for that reason.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sybaris

    Bin Laden Group?

    Has the same ring as Hitler Group

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

      There were a huge group when Osama was only a little terorrist in diapers, they are kind of stuck with the name.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Terry

    Just wait, someone will crash a camel into the Bin Laden Tower.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    Great, this will give us something to bomb.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Biff

    I predict a giant ass shaped meteor will land on it, once built.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Fred

    ...while they continue to kill their own people

    August 2, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!

      August 2, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I love Autumn's phrase, "developing country."

    August 2, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • whoa

      I prefer 'infestation'.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. andy b

    Saudi's are the biggest Snakes of the world!!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. CSnSC

    @Flo, great idea. Lets spam those two with even more crap than they throw on us.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
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