Makkah Grand Mosque districts to get facelift
All unplanned districts near to Makkah's Grand Mosque will be removed to bring about a facelift to the holy city
All unplanned districts near to Makkah's Grand Mosque will be removed to bring about a facelift to the holy city, according to the Makkah & Holy Sites Development Authority (MHSDA).
"The government has given top priority to the development of unplanned districts in Makkah," Dr. Hisham Al-Faleh said, as quoted by the Saudi Gazette.
He commented on the proposed facelift after inspecting the Kudwa development project which covers Kankariya, Kudai and Abushidadain districts.
Spread over an area of more than 1,000,000 sqm, Kudwa is located just 60m from the Grand Mosque.
Al-Faleh said Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is chairman of the authority, want to speed up the development of unplanned districts in the Makkah region.
Speaking to Makkah Arabic daily, he said: "I am optimistic that Kudwa will attract a large number of citizens as well as pilgrims once the project is complete.
"We are seeking qualitative development of disorganised districts in the holy city."
Al-Faleh said the unplanned districts near the Grand Mosque offer good investment opportunities for Saudi businessmen and businesswomen.
The authority is set to meet with owners of real estate properties in the unplanned districts to discuss ways and means to develop them, the Saudi Gazette reported.
The daily added that the project demands construction of housing units to accommodate families living in these districts.
Al-Faleh said real estate owners in the district can also join the development project as shareholders.
He said: "We have set up a partnership centre in association with the private sector to remove all the obstacles facing the project and attract potentional investors."