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. Dan

    d#!ck sizing.

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

    Can anyone say Irony???

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

      Yes..."Obama".

      August 2, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. SHAUNA

    hey... closetiguana... i think you meant are not is. I agree with the timber type comments. this has to be a joke! cannot be real.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. ramon infante

    Folks, please stop the ignorance! Do we villify the McVae family or any body with that name? Come on, I can't believe you people making the ignorant comments can actually read this story!

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

      Nobody is gonna say anything about McVeigh or Breivik in fact US media voided calling them Terrorists. But Muslims striped from their rights, all of them being called terrorists just bc they are Muslims, when Norway Terrorist Attack happened, 99% of the people accused Muslims behind it, Both of those Terrorists are CHRISTIANS and NO different than any other Terrorists whether they believe in this religion or not

      August 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JOE

    So where should we fly our airplanes?

    August 2, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • ZanderTheGr8

      HA....I was thinking the same thing.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. WhastWhatWhat?

    What the hell is that thing on his head? Did he just have brain surgery or what?

    August 2, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • GMan

      You're dumber then Forest Gump... Go get your GED

      August 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • GMan

      And he's saying the same thing about you wearing a $3 baseball cap....backwards.

      August 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. I don't use logic

    The anatomy of the bigot

    My neighborhood gang members are Muslims
    Every/most neighborhood gangs are Muslims
    All Muslims are gangsters
    Europe is composed of neighborhoods
    so All Euorope is/will be attacked by Muslim gangs
    Osama Bin Laden is a terrorist
    Osama Bin Laden is a Muslim.
    So all Muslims are terrorists.
    Osama Bin Laden follows Islam
    So Islam teaches terrorism.
    All Muslims are terrorists and will strike, so strike them first, deport them.
    All Muslims are disgusting suicidal terrorists
    We are /will be surrounded by suicidal terrorists and gangsters in 2083
    We should do something?...? Its the end of the world!

    NB: If you are reading this and feel alarmed, google the terms "thought fallacies" or "inductive reasoning" and "catastrophic thinking" and its implications.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • whoa

      If this proves anything it proves that Logisticians think in circles.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tj

    We were brought down by those elected by us. Bin Laden couldn't do it but we could. We have forgotten all of the lessons of 9/11 about coming together. Sad, but true.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Not insane

      Not true . . . just sad.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ding dong

    I am thinking a nice unmanned spy plane into it, when it is completed 🙂

    August 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • whoa

      I think we should load a couple of 747's full of Muzzies and remote control the planes into it.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Muslim population in general

    THE muslim population professes belief in Allah and the Koran, not Uncle Sam and the Four Seasons corporation. Muslim leaders are siding with the invading infidels but the muslim populace in general still side with Allah, not Obama and The House of Saud.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Netr0

    This is just the family related to bin laden, as with Hitler's family we do not judge them for his actions.

    Read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin_Laden_family for more info

    August 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GMan

    Look around. The world's tallest building is now in Dubai. Its largest publicly traded company is in Beijing. Its biggest refinery is being constructed in India. Its largest passenger airplane is built in Europe. The largest investment fund on the planet is in Abu Dhabi; the biggest movie industry is Bollywood, not Hollywood. Once quintessentially American icons have been usurped by the natives. The largest Ferris wheel is in Singapore. The largest casino is in Macao, which overtook Las Vegas in gambling revenues last year. America no longer dominates even its favorite sport, shopping. The Mall of America in Minnesota once boasted that it was the largest shopping mall in the world. Today it wouldn't make the top ten. In the most recent rankings, only two of the world's ten richest people are American. These lists are arbitrary and a bit silly, but consider that only ten years ago, the United States would have serenely topped almost every one of these categories.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dree

      we are too busy in useless wars to care about anything else

      August 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rez1

      Whoever has the most big toys wins 😦

      August 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      America still tops in the following categories:
      Fastest/most effective fighter aircraft
      Fastest/most effective Bomber aircraft
      Fastest/most effective reconniasance aircraft
      Fastest/most effective MBT
      Most highly trained/well equipped military force
      Most advanced Naval force
      Highest caliber military rifle

      As you can see, the United States of America still practices something known as 'Big Stick Diplomacy'. If the U.S. were to shift away from a wartime stance and towards an industrial stance, we might again see an age where we are the shining beacon of society, and not the rest of the world's boogeyman.

      August 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • BilzerKran

      GMan, what exactly do you think the word "serenely" means? I'm just curious.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. xrk9854

    How far is this building going to be from the large fault line/plate boundary that runs through the Red Sea? How geological activity does the area experience? It sounds like they're building this simply for bragging rights. I mean how practical is this idea for that city? It just doesn't make sense.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      its very practical, Saudi Arabia faces shortages in real estate and office space. With a population median of 24 yrs, the country need one million housing units in 5 years. The population is expected to be 39 millions in 2050 from currently 27.8 millions. the economy is booming with huge government spending on infrastructure, eduction, health services. Saudi Bin Landen Group alone has projects worth of $50 billions under contraction in Saudi Arabia. Potential growth of the economy is high, government racing with time to create more jobs and reform eduction, modernize the infrastructure, Saudi award Saudi bin Laden to build the World class new Airport in Jeddah, soon will award the High Speed Rail to either French or Spanish companies. The office space is demanding in fact most of the buildings are 94% occupied

      August 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charles in DSM,IA

    I wonder if WE should fly a plane or two into it when its done, you know, return the favor. After all, Bin Laden's family, and Saudi citizens attacked us, and by their own reasoning, shouldn't return the "favor"? I know, I don't support that behavior either, after all, we are a civilized nation. Instead of a plane, we will use fertilizer bombs just like a good christian. Are there Hertz rental trucks available in Saudi Arabia?

    August 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • shloopy

      and then they can declare war on us!

      August 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • HM

      Charles – you're twelve, right?

      August 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    Thats going to be one big ask building. 1km in height?!? getting vertigo thinking about it.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
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