First phase of $13bn Madinah pilgrim city underway
Project to have 100 admin and resi towers, 30 hotels, 400-bed hospital
Work on the first phase of a $13.32bn (SAR 50bn) project to build a “pilgrim city” in the holy city of Madinah is underway, Arab News reports.
The project, which will cover an area of over 1.6 million m² and accommodate 200,000 people, will have 100 administrative and residential towers and 30 hotels. It will also include a 400-bed hospital, as well as a railway and bus station.
In its first phase, the project will cost $880mn (SAR 3.3bn), while second phase work is valued at $719mn (SAR 2.7bn), the report said quoting a finance ministry source.
The project, which is being financed by the state-owned Public Investment Fund, is located 3 km to the west of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah,
Following this year’s Haj, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah instructed the country’s finance ministry to go ahead with the project to further improve services for pilgrims.
The pilgrim city will be home to offices of the Supreme Haj Committee in Madinah, administrative offices for Haj operators, the Haj ministry headquarters, the Haj secretariat, and the Madinah governor’s office.