Expanded Grand Mosque will feature helipad
Revised plans presented to King, completion still due in two years
The roof of the expanded Grand Mosque in Makkah is set to have a helipad which will be used to transport pilgrims who fall ill to hospital.
According to the Saudi Gazette, the project also includes new toilets and paths for carts that are separate from pedestrial routes. There wil also be a number of pedestrian tunnells with escalators the help movement to and from the mosque's southern and northern courtyards.
A briefing was held for Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on the grand project, which is due to be completed within two years.
the briefing was held by Finance Minister Abdulaziz Al-Assaf and Deputy Finance Minister Mohammed bin Hamoud Al-Mazyad. Al-Assaf said that the expanded mosque will accommodate more than 1.6m worshipers.
Acording to the Saudi Press Agency, King Abdullah said: "This expansion has goodness and blessing to pilgrims and visitors to the Prophet's Mosque as well as the noble Saudi people."