'Pilgrim city' planned for Madinah
Project to create area with transport links to house 200,000 visitors
A huge new city for pilgrims covering an area of 1.6m m2 with a capacity to handle 200,000 visitors is being planned for Saudi Arabia's holy city of Madinah.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, the project was announced by the governor for the Madinah region and the chair of the area's development Authority, Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, yesterday.
It will be aimed at accommodating the large number of visitors who flock to the city to make Hajj and Umrah pilgrimiges. The project will be based close to the prophet's mosque and will include an integrated transport station, a train station and a 400-bed hospital.
The Governor also thanked Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for approving the large-scale scheme.
The project has been welcomed by Muslim organisations.
Mohammed Badahdah, assistant secretary-general of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, told Arab News that it was a "brilliant project".
“Such a city was required as the buildings surrounding the Prophet’s Mosque will not be able to house the growing number of pilgrims.”