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Saudi to resume work on $26.6bn Grand Mosque expansion

Saudi will restart work in September on the $26.6bn expansion of the Makkah Grand Mosque

The Ministry of Finance has allocated a portion of this year's budget to key projects.
The Ministry of Finance has allocated a portion of this year's budget to key projects.

Saudi will restart work in September on the $26.6bn expansion of the Makkah Grand Mosque.

According to a notice that was seen by Reuters, work will resume after the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and Saudi Binladin Group will pay outstanding salaries owed to staff involved in the project beginning on 20 August, 2017.

The development of the Grand Mosque was stalled after the fatal crane collapse accident in September 2015.

According to Reuters, the plan to restart construction at the Grand Mosque is a sign of the rehabilitation of Saudi Binladin Group, which was temporarily banned from winning new state contracts.

The Ministry of Finance has allocated a portion of this year's budget to key projects and has been in talks with Saudi Binladin in recent weeks about restarting several big schemes, the sources said.

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