First phase of US$ 13.3 bn Makkah Pilgrim City project underway

Posted on 10th October 2014

Work on the first phase of a US$ 13.32 billion  (SAR 50 billion) project to build a “Pilgrim City” in the holy city of Madinah is underway, according to news reports in Arab News.Mecca Mosque

The project, which will cover an area of over 1.6 million square meters 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 US$ 880 million (SAR 3.3 billion), while second phase work is valued at US$ 719 million (SAR 2.7 billion), the report said quoting a finance ministry source. The project, which is being financed by the state-owned Public Investment Fund, is located 3 kilometers 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, according to news reports in ConstructionWeekOnline.

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