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Bin Laden’s bid to build world's tallest tower

Bin Laden’s bid to build world's tallest tower

SAUDI ARABIA: After one of their own destroyed what were once the world's tallest buildings, Saudi Arabia's bin Laden family is in the running to build the world's tallest tower.

Friday 5 August 2011, 08:50AM

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, the world's tallest from 1971 to 1973, were destroyed by plane hijackers as part of a 2001 plot by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Now, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has launched a project to build the world's tallest tower in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

And he plans to use the local construction giant Bin Laden Group to build the tower, which will soar more than 1000 metres into the sky.

The bin Laden family disowned their jihadist relative long before the September 11 terror attacks rocked the world.

If the latest building goes ahead, it will top Dubai's world's highest building, Burj Khalifa.

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It will take three years to build the tower, said the Saudi businessman, a nephew of King Abdullah and one of the kingdom's wealthiest men. He did not say when construction would begin.

The tower, which will be part of a $US20 billion ($A18.3 billion) project north of Jeddah, would top Dubai's 828-metre Burj Khalifa, which was opened last year.

It will include a hotel, apartments and offices occupying an area of 500,000 square metres.



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