Wednesday, 11 August 2010

The Abraj Al-Bait Mecca clock: the world's largest clock!

Where is the center of the world? And does it really matter?

Well, many years ago, when nations were insular and proud - it DID matter.

There must be a center point where time begins – even though the Earth is a globe – and London was chosen and Greenwich Mean Time came into being.

The Big Ben clock in London is symbolic of London’s place at the “center” of the globe, where time is set at 0 - and the reference point for relative times in other cities across the globe.

Buenos Aires is -3GMT, Athens +2GMT and Bangkok +7GMT.

But Big Ben is not big any longer and is now superseded by an enormous clock that has just been constructed in Islam’s most holy city – Mecca.

 The Abraj Al-Bait Mecca clock: the world's largest
Big Ben stands 96 meters high and its clock is 7 meters in diameter.

But the Abraj Al-Bait Mecca clock, by comparison, stands over 600 metres high and its clock – which has four faces – is 46 metres in diameter!!!

 The Abraj Al-Bait Mecca clock: the world's largest The “Mecca” clock really is a “mega” clock

It is illuminated by two million LED lights along with large Arabic script reading: "In the name of Allah."

And when it is time to pray, all these LEDs will flash on and off – visible from a distance of 30 km!

The Saudi clock also bears an uncanny resemblance to both the Empire State Building and Big Ben.

 The Abraj Al-Bait Mecca clock: the world's largest
A Big Ben that Allah would like

But is building the world’s largest clock ever going to get the center of the world moved to Mecca – which for the Saudis is where God says it should be?

Well, only time will tell…

NB: Saudi “scholars” are convinced that Mecca really is the center of the world. They claim it is a "zero magnetism zone".

"That's why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth's gravity," said one of them. "You get charged with energy."

Yes, quite.