|Royal Complex of Aleppo|
مجمع الملكي حلب
Complexe royale d'Alep
|Town or city||Aleppo, North Syria|
|Groundbreaking||October 31, 2010|
|Construction started||November 1, 2010|
|Topped-out||May 2, 2012|
|Opening||May 24, 2012|
|Architectural||Arab, Moorish, European|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Adrian Smith, Tom Wright, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, César Pelli, C. Y. Lee, many others|
|Architecture firm||many international firms|
|Developer||Emaar Properties, Ayala Corporation, Canada Lands Company, many others|
The Royal Complex of Aleppo (Arabic: مجمع الملكي حلب, French: Complexe Royale d'Alep, Turkish: Kraliyet Kompleksi) also known simply as the Royal Complex in short, is an enclave located in Aleppo, the capital city of the Kingdom of North Syria. It is the official residence of the royal family of North Syria.
Occupying about 78 acres, the enclave houses North Syria's national politicial buildings, institutions and its most wealthiest neighborhoods. The Parliament Capitol, Royal Palace (the main residence of the Royal Family), Masjid al-Amal and the King Fahad Madrasa are located in the complex.
The Royal Complex also houses some of the country's most prestigious universities and schools. The King Fahad Law of School and Ethics, one of the most prestigious schools of law, the Aleppo Royal Conservatory the most prestigious music school and National Center for Performing Arts, the Royal Academy of the Arabic Language, and the Royale Scolaire de Langue Française - the Kingdom's most famous French-language school are also located within the enclave.
The enclave is also available to tourists, at it is also home to the River of Hope, River of Rejuvination and the Fountain of Unity and Peace - two man-made sites, that is available for a fee.
The Royal Estates and the Kingdom Estates are where homes are available for wealthy people to buy, and is where the wealthiest people in the Kingdom reside.
The enclave is gated, and heavily guarded by members of the Royal Palace Guards of the North Syrian Army. It is the most guarded community in the entire Kingdom. The complex is guarded by a cooperation of personnel the North Syrian Armed Forces, North Syrian National Police, Aleppo City Police, and the independant Royal Complex Security Force - the complex's own armed security group. Every single security personnel of the Royal Complex is armed. Sabi al-Mubarak, the Head of the Royal Complex Security Force said, "There is no such thing as 'unarmed security' here in the Royal Complex, that type of position just, simply does not exist here. The job and the role of security is the same as the police and military, and that job is the protect, enforce our rules and laws, and be able to respond to all threats at any time, and be able to fight that threat. Telling a dangerous individual, one who has a clear intent to harm, that their activitiy is prohibited, will not stop that person. A baton or even just pepper spray will not stop a mad terrorist or criminal armed with a gun. This is why, every single security personnel in the Royal Complex is armed with guns, and is trained to used those guns during an unfortunate time of an attack. There are no exceptions."
Due to the complex's heavy presence of armed protection, it has gained the reputation as the "Arab Kremlin".
The complex was one of the biggest and most successful projects of the 21st century. International companies and businesses from all over the world, including that of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, India, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia all participated and helped in building the giant project, getting it done within a two-year span. Famous billionares from the world such as Al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, Bill Gates from the United States were instrumental in funding the place.
Much of the complex was made from recycled remains of dilapidated and destroyed buildings in Aleppo, groundbreaking began in mid-2010 and actual construction began in December of 2010.