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The Kingdom tower
The Kingdom tower or Al mamlaka is the iconic symbol of Saudi Arabia located at olaya road. It is the tallest building in Riyadh City and considering the 25th tallest building in the world selected as the “best new skyscraper in the year 2002 for design and functionality.
The tower's unique shape culminates in a triangular opening spanned by a 56 meter skybridge with a public observation deck, but before you get there you have to pay an entrance fee which is 25riyals ( 6us$ ) for adult and 10 riyals ( 3us$ ) for children.
The building has an entrance on each of its four sides, each one serving a different usage (hotel, shopping, ballroom, and apartments/offices).
The artistic Kingdom Tower
the Kingdom Tower won the prize for the world’s best skyscraper of the year 2003, awarded by the World Skyscrapers Commission, out of 350 buildings worldwide that were competing for the title.
This tower rises over 300m and has a gross built-up area of 185,000 sqm. plus 115,000 sqm. of parking space for up to 3,000 cars.
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The bottle opener
Mamluka Tower (or Kingdom Tower, or Kingdom Centre), is Riyadh’s tallest building and, together with the Faisaliya Tower, is part of the duo that characterizes the Saudi capital. It was completed in 2002 and belongs to Prince Waleed bin Talal, the owner of the Four Seasons group of hotels (of which there is one in the tower) and a partial owner of Fox News, as well as the Rotana Group of companies. The Kingdom Tower is notable for the fact that it looks like a bottle-opener, although this comparison is often discouraged by those who see it as a sign of the city’s modernity. The Four Seasons, which is in the tower complex, contains a health club, various restaurants and, of course, all the accoutrements of a five-star hotel (minus the alcohol). The three ground floors of the tower itself are a shopping complex with more upscale stores than the Faisaliya Tower, including a Saks Fifth Avenue. The third floor is women-only, a novelty for Saudi Arabia, albeit one that is hardly a blow for women’s rights. The rest of the tower is office space, except for the bridge or skywalk at the top of the tower, which is an observation platform that provides viewers a panorama of the city. The best time to come up here is at night, when the dust is not quite as evident. The elevator up to the 99th floor is the real draw, although you are required to suppress your laughter when told that it is the fastest elevator in the world.
A very impressive structure with the unique "hole" beneath the top bridge. I didn't have the chance to go inside the tower at my first trip though.
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The Kingdom Tower
Visit one of the most famous building of Saudi-Arabia. There´s a phantastic view over Riyadh from the skybridge.
Take your time, there´s a very long security check in front of the entry
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