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Wednesday, 27-Apr-2005 00:00
Tupai says Kingdom Come
Reportedly also known as Pokemon Tower (looking like an imposing giant metal Pikachu), the Kingdom Tower or Al Mamlaka stands majestically tall at 302m or 41 floors high. It is definitely their version of our Twin Towers.

My office is on the 23rd floor facing north. The security into the building is rather tight with all cars entering being subject to visual checks into the bonnet, boot and on the underside - just like many critical or expat sites in the city. Also pretty standard is the presence of armoured vehicles waiting to machine-gun down any ominous characters intent on harming the tower.

There is a skybridge at the very top with entrance charged at 25SR. I have yet to experience it so that is that for now.

There is also another tower to the south called Al Faisalia, looking like an elongated, tall pyramid. These two towers are prominent landmarks and the signature buildings of Riyadh.

You can wait until kingdom come, but monty will always be monty...

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