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Phase 3 expansion brings Saudi Arabia's Grand Mosque to 1.5km²

Expansion works included extension of the mosque’s main building, constructing an arena and a pedestrian tunnel

The third expansion project added 79 automatic gates around the mosque.
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The third expansion project added 79 automatic gates around the mosque.

The third — touted as the largest — expansion of Saudi Arabia’s Holy Mosque in Makkah has increased its area to 1.5km², with the two previous expansions being launched by King Fahad and King Abdullah in 1989 and 2008 at a value of $100bn (SAR 375bn).

Saudi Arabia has received more than 95 million pilgrims over 50 years, and the kingdom plans to host 30 million pilgrims per year, UAE’s state-owned news agency Wam reported

Phase 3 expansion increased the mosque’s area by two-thirds, and was launched by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, in 2015.

It involved five major projects including the extension of the mosque’s main building, in addition to constructing an arena, a pedestrian tunnel, upgrading the central service station, and developing the first ring road surrounding the mosque.

As part of the expansion, the mosque’s security buildings and hospital were upgraded, and 79 automatic gates were installed around the mosque.

In February 2019, HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Minister of Defence, and Vice President of the Council of Ministers, was briefed on the expansion of Makkah Grand Mosque during his visit to the Holy Kaaba.

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