Makkah Clock Towers
Edge Rope Access did Facade Cleaning and Inspection.
A beacon for pilgrims in the heart of the Holy City.
At the heart of the holiest Islamic city, Makkah Royal Clock Tower brings an air of modernization to the bustling historic center of Mecca. The tower was developed as a component of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project and provides comfortable accommodations for devout Muslims that make the journey to the city every year during the Hajj period. It is conveniently located adjacent to the Grand Mosque, which can accommodate up to two million worshippers over the course of the event.
The clock tower stands in the center of a high-rise complex called Abraj Al-Bait. Six smaller high-rises surround it at heights varying and accommodate both residential and hotel uses. True to its name, four colossal clock faces are mounted near the top of the tower. These clocks hold the record for both the largest and highest in the world. At night, the clock faces are illuminated by one million LED lights that transform the tower into a green and white beacon. Writing is inscribed above each clock, with the words “God is the Greatest” on the north and south sides, while the Koran adorns the east and west sides. The spire of the tower features a spherical observation center at its base. The spire is capped with a shining mosaic gold crescent that weighs 35 metric tons. A number of cultural amenities are present in the upper levels of the tower, including a center for lunar observation and a cosmology museum.
Since this tower serves as one of the faces of the holiest city, Makkah, its appearance should be maintained so as the structural design. EDGE was given the opportunity to participate in the maintenance of this tower. EDGE used its state-of-the-art expertise in inspection and facade cleaning to the tower to make sure that the operations was kept going while doing the works. The works were done in the safest way using Rope Access Techniques to protect the pilgrims, occupants, and the other properties from any possible risks or harm.