World's largest clock is as wide as a football field

If all goes well, the world's newest, largest clock should start ticking off its first seconds today in the city of Mecca. Its tower also happens to be Saudi Arabia's tallest building, and the tower's complex is the largest hotel in the world. Talk about going for broke!

At 151 feet in diameter, the four clock faces on the Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower is just about as wide as an American 160-foot-wide football field, and absolutely dwarfs the world's most famous tower clock faces, Big Ben's 23-footers. It also takes advantage of modern technology, as its four faces will light up the sky with two million LEDs.

The rest of the building is no slouch, either. The Royal Clock Hotel's clock tower is just shy of 2,000 feet tall (Big Ben, by comparison, stands 316 feet tall), and, when it's completed sometime in Autumn next year, it'll be the second tallest skyscraper in the world after Dubai's Burj Khalifa.

FP Passport, via io9

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