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    Saudis Want 'Mecca Time' to Replace GMT

    (Aug. 11) -- For centuries, an astronomy observatory in Greenwich, London -- the namesake of Greenwich Mean Time -- has been the reference point for lines of longitude, ships' navigation on the world's seas and the time zones used today.

    But Saudi Arabia wants to change that. It's building what it calls the largest clock in the world, atop the second-largest skyscraper in the world, in the Islamic holy city of Mecca -- in hopes of replacing GMT with "Mecca Time."

    The clock dwarfs London's Big Ben, with four huge faces each about 130 feet in diameter and inscribed with the Arabic words "God is greatest." Only one of the clock's faces has been completed so far, covered with 98 million pieces of glass mosaics. Details were first released by the Saudi official news agency and picked up by several foreign media.

    It's still under construction atop a nearly 2,000-foot-tall building overlooking Mecca's Grand Mosque, the point where Muslims around the world turn toward during their five daily prayers. Millions of faithful visit the site as part of the Muslim hajj voyage and other pilgrimages each year.

    "We in Mecca hope to be the world's central time zone, and not just have a clock to look at, to show off," Mecca resident Hani al-Wajeeh told Agence France-Presse.

    "Putting Mecca time in the face of Greenwich Mean Time, this is the goal," Mohammed Al-Arkubi, general manager of Royal Makkah Tower Hotel, told the Arab News, a Saudi newspaper.

    An observatory deck is planned for the base of the clock, which will also be topped with a 75-foot wide golden crescent moon hoisted on a spire 200 feet above the clock. From there projectors will send 15 beams of light streaming up into the sky. The tower will be visible from more than 16 miles away, and the light beams beyond that.

    A three-month test of the clock's precision is due to begin today, at the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

    The project cost about $800 million, designed by German and Swiss engineers and is being built by the Saudi Binladen Group, a construction company originally founded by Osama bin Laden's father. The al-Qaida leader split from his family decades ago, and has criticized their wealth and connections with the Saudi government, which he considers corrupt and apostate.
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    Isn't the time that the world is on based on astronomic points of reference? How can you just arbitrarily change time??
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    I think it's unfortunate that this thing will be creating light pollution that is visible miles away.

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    I think the prime meridian should run through Milwaukee and set to "Miller Time"

    I don't know why they hate us so much - this thing they're creating sounds right out of Vegas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveevhsince79 View Post
    Isn't the time that the world is on based on astronomic points of reference? How can you just arbitrarily change time??
    what they're referring to is basically moving the significance of the prime meridian (the logitudinal line that runs through that observatory creating a "zero hour") from where it has been forever to Mecca.

    It's another example of a huge sector of the Muslim religion wanting to truly take over the world.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by loveevhsince79 View Post
    Isn't the time that the world is on based on astronomic points of reference? How can you just arbitrarily change time??
    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    what they're referring to is basically moving the significance of the prime meridian (the logitudinal line that runs through that observatory creating a "zero hour") from where it has been forever to Mecca.

    It's another example of a huge sector of the Muslim religion wanting to truly take over the world.
    basically they are saying that the current setup was done at a time when Englan (or Europe) ruled the world, and now that that's no longer the case, they want it to be more centralized to what they believe is the next global super-power, as it was two thousand or so years ago (the middle-East in general).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naked Wake View Post
    basically they are saying that the current setup was done at a time when Englan (or Europe) ruled the world, and now that that's no longer the case, they want it to be more centralized to what they believe is the next global super-power, as it was two thousand or so years ago (the middle-East in general).
    basically.
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    Don't see what the big deal is. Everybody knows that Islam is a peaceful religion so I am sure this will get sorted out after some discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    I think the prime meridian should run through Milwaukee and set to "Miller Time"

    I don't know why they hate us so much - this thing they're creating sounds right out of Vegas!
    I think you're on to something man!
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    Hmmm...not sure how many people in the world are going to buy into this one. All I know is there is going to be a lot of Saudis that are very early or very late for things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post
    IT'S ONE O'CLOCK INFIDELS!!!!
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    Don't see what the big deal is. Everybody knows that Islam is a peaceful religion so I am sure this will get sorted out after some discussion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    I think the prime meridian should run through Milwaukee and set to "Miller Time"
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