I bumped into this blog which had a similar subject to what article, I was writing then. It is rather interesting and “Las Vegas of the East” was another insult that the west conveniently finds appropriate for putting up in their newspaper on a certain article relating to the massive constuction around the kaaba.
Please do visit this site to read what some others as well as what the authors point of view is:
Personally, I feel, having all those tall sky scrappers just across the gates of Kaaba are completly unnecessary and a total waste of money. What really are the money mongers selling ? Kaaba view rooms, apartments, duplexes ?????? Shamefull, if you ask me. One travels miles across to spend his precious moments in repentence, in finding peace, in asking forgiveness and feeling that phenomenal feeling that you get no where else in the world but in the Kaaba. That is not the place for the spoilt, the arrogant and the status conscious !! If they cannot give up their luxuries, their comforts and their self proclaimed importance …. what ARE THEY doing there in the first place ???
A compact clean room with clean sheets, running hot/cold water and electricity is more than enough when you intend to spend at least 5 salaats if not more in the masjid ! Are you really spending all that money on a five star apartment to please Allah or have a picnic ????? Plenty of places for picnic spots in Mecca, the kaaba not being one of them.
Nobody visits Mecca, to buy exclusive jewellry or watches or to eat out at five star 7 course meals !! What is the purpose of visiting Kaaba ? Is that so lost to the Government ?
We as muslims are asked to wear the same clothes which is the two unstitched white sheets to cover our bodies for men. That is a symbol that stands for equality amongst rich, poor, black, white, pink, yellow or turqoise or which ever race we belong to. Then why does the saudi government allow for these unnecessary landmarks when they are blessed with the entire world’s holliest landmark ? If they must have huge and tall buildings (to accomodate the large numbers of pilgrims in Hajj and Ramadhan periods ) then have them atleast 30-40 kms away from the Haram. Why are they so short sighted ? Why are they going against the very principles of Islam which disagrees with extravagance and spending on luxuries when it can easily be spent on uplifting and benefiting the muslim society as such with schools, bridges, hospitals, roads etc …
I completly disagree with the need created for these sky scrappers. And perhaps for once I agree with what the west feel about which direction we are going in or should I say,” that are being lead” !
Regrettably I close my argument here.
If you are going to read the article of which I have provided the link up above, please make sure you also read the youtube slide presentation of what plans Atkins has for the reconstruction of the outer area of Kaaba. which is, as they said, not been approved till now.