Apologies if this has already been done, had a quick scan and couldn't find anything. Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich - Telegraph A giant clock has been built in Mecca, which will run on Arabian Standard time. Islamic scholars are hoping that it will replace GMT as a standard time. "A standard time by which other clocks were set was needed to organise global travel and communications, but in the Islamic world the idea that it should be centred on a part of London is seen as a colonial anachronism." Not really sure I agree with any scientist who comes up with arguements like this... This claim that the holy city is a "zero magnetism zone" has won support from some Arab scientists like Abdel-Baset al-Sayyed of the Egyptian National Research Centre who says that there is no magnetic force in Mecca. "That's why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth's gravity," he said. "You get charged with energy."