Makkah development project to begin in September
Preconstruction planning started for massive Makkah project
Preconstruction planning has officially started on the King Abdullah Project for the Development of Makkah, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region, has announced. Construction will begin in September.
This follows the launch of the Makkah Clock and the laying of the foundation stone for the largest-ever expansion of the Grand Mosque, one of the largest construction projects underway in Saudi Arabia at the moment.
The massive King Abdullah Project for the Development of Makkah includes the development of unplanned residential areas, planning and managing urban development, establishing a ring road network, light rails, public transportation and organised taxi systems and pedestrian walkways in Makkah and the Holy Sites.
Prince Khaled, who is also President of the Commission for the Development of Makkah, which supervises the overall project, has instructed the project team to reduce the planned deadline for the project from six years to between four and five years as it is "one of national importance."
"Living and working in Makkah will be greatly improved after the project is completed," said Prince Khaled. "We need to have world-class organisation and services."
A study to build multiple floors for Tawaf (circumambulation) around the Ka'ba will also be submitted to King Abdullah, he said. Meanwhile, the Makkah Municipality is pushing ahead with its plans to develop a new urban mass rail transit system for the city.