5 Surprising Facts About The Abraj Al Bait Towers, The World’s Largest Clock

This architectural wonder is criminally underrated in the West

Grant Piper


A photo of the clock in question (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The The Abraj Al Bait Towers are remarkable for many reasons. Opening in 2012, the complicated tangle of spires, towers, clocks and high rises quickly became one of the most amazing examples of modern architecture and engineering. Despite toppling numerous records en route to becoming the face of a rapidly modernizing Saudi Arabia, few in the West have heard about the The Abraj Al Bait Towers.

Here are five incredible facts about the The Abraj Al Bait Towers which also happens to be the world’s largest clock and the fifth tallest free standing building in the world.

1. It is the third tallest building in the world

The tallest towers in Asia, compared (Public domain)

The tallest building in the world always attracts a level of fame that other buildings rarely do. Buildings such as the Empire State Building, Sears Tower, the Petronas Towers, Taipei 101 and most recently the Burj Khalifa capture the imagination and become iconic structures for decades. Yet, few people realize that the Abraj Al Bait Towers features the third tallest building in the world and is taller than all of those other buildings save for the Burj Khalifa.

The highest point of the Abraj Al Bait Towers stands at 1,972 feet tall. For comparison, the One World Trade Center in New York City, the tallest building in North America, only stands at 1,776 feet.

2. It dwarfs Big Ben

A scale comparison of the world’s largest clocks (CC BY-SA 3.0)

If you think Big Ben is big then you are in for a rude awakening. The Big Ben stands at 316 feet tall and has a four faced clock with each measuring 22.5 feet in diameter. Big Ben is an iconic clock but, today, it is not a big clock.

The clocks in the Abraj Al Bait sit 1,480 ft above the ground making them the highest elevated clocks in the world. Each…



Grant Piper

Professional writer. Amateur historian. Husband, father, Christian.