Makkah's Mataf circumbulation area expansion to be completed before Haj this year
Posted on 9th January 2015
A senior Makkah official has stated that the project to expand the mataf, or circumambulation area around the Kaaba, would be completed before this year’s Haj.
Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, inspected the project on Wednesday and said that, “Most of the work would be completed before Ramadan in preparation for the peak Umrah season,” he said, according to news reports on Construction Week Online.
Al-Sudais said the third phase of the mataf expansion was progressing well and would increase its capacity to 105,000 pilgrims an hour. There would be no obstacles in the mataf area, which would be expanded and will have modern facilities.
He said officials were doing their best to ensure that pilgrims are provided with excellent services. The completed areas of the Haram expansion project, including the new building, would be opened to worshippers to reduce congestion caused by work on the mataf, he said.
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