First phase of KAIA to Makkah highway complete
Second phase costing $80m to get underway once contractor is found
Mohammad Tawfiq Madani, head of roads and transport management in Makkah Province, has revealed that the $40m (SAR 150m) first phase of a highway project linking King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah to Makkah is complete.
Local newspapers reported that the project’s $80m (SAR 300m) second phase will begin when a contractor is found.
Madani also revealed that the Briman Road, a separate project connecting Jeddah to Makkah from the north, is almost complete.
There are also plans in Makkah Province for the renovation of Al-Khawajat road, the construction of train stations across Makkah, Jeddah, Madinah, and Rabigh, the installation of street lights on the expressway connecting Makkah to Madinah via Taif, and the implementation of a budget for the construction of Al-Kar road.
The province is currently undergoing massive redevelopment as the Saudi government invests heavily in the modernisation of its second city, Jeddah, and Makkah – Islam’s holiest city.
Makkah, which attracts over 3 million visitors a year during the Hajj pilgrimage, has undergone significant redevelopment in the last two years due to a $26.6bn (SAR 99.8bn) investment by the Saudi government.