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. dfo

    Now they're giving us a target.... 🙂

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

      Yeah good job, his family who have no connections to islamic terror, ignorant retard

      August 2, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. you

    Cool cant wait for someone to fly a few planes into it.

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

    uh, really....why the (blank) does this need to be rubbed in our noses knowing that all the money came from the USA via us having to purchase their oil. We are a country of slaves to the world. Will it ever change.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. sum1uno

    Maybe it will fall into the sea like Bin laden!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stephanie

    I'm quite surprised they didn't want to build it on top of Ground Zero! I also notice how without the infidel's help, it couldn't be done. Enough said!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Observer1

    From what I have heard, I may be wrong, but they don't have much in the way of building codes or safety regulations over there. With that in mind, I have but one thing to say..."TIMMMMMBERRRRR"

    August 2, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Autumn

      They do. Plus the design firm is in Chicago and all their architects are required to be fully licensed and must adhere to the strictest regulations and codes.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Flo

    The type of Muslims who are building this tower are not the fundimentalist Muslims that flew into our towers.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • whoa

      And they ALL live by the Quran.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    "That slave women give birth to their master; and that you see barefoot, unclothed shepherds competing in the construction of tall buildings."

    August 2, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. closetiguana

    Is Bush Jr and Sr still in business with these guys?

    August 2, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • whoa

      No, they're both EX-Presidents.

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

      yes sir they are!

      August 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • whoa

      I stand corrected.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • yeah

      Incorrect, the Bush's still have strong business ties with the Saudi's

      August 2, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Flo

    @Stephanie:
    Agreed! 🙂

    August 2, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. CaptainJack1

    Irony at it's best.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    These people can spend as much money as they want. As long as they do not focus on building an infrastructure for their people, and continually opress them, they have already proven that great buildings can come crashing down.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. dave

    what are you people talking about,.. Osama was disowned by his family and was deported from Saudi Arabia... read a book or a newspaper or jump off a cliff just don't reproduce,... please and thank you.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. guy

    Whoever builds the tallest pointy thing wins:)

    August 2, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • whoa

      Yeah...I heard that Larry Flynt is building the 'Phallus I'.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Autumn

      haha *like*

      August 2, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Xerxes 2011

    This will be funded by the U.S. and keep the change!

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