Giant projects in Makkah to be finished in three years: Emir

MAKKAH – Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region, said Saturday that Makkah would be in a new attire with the completion of several gigantic development projects, including the largest-ever expansion of the Grand Mosque, within the coming two to three years.

He noted that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has made promises and fulfilled these promises especially in developing the Holy City.

The Emir made these remarks while addressing a press conference after his inspection tour of the development projects being implemented in the city, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Referring to the huge allocations of funds to implement several massive projects in Makkah, Prince Khaled said: “Makkah region is witnessing implementation of several giant projects. Had these projects been implemented in a small country, it would have been enough for it. With all determination and seriousness, we are racing against time to finish these projects without affecting the spirituality of the Holy City,” he said.

Prince Khaled reemphasized the resolve of Saudi leadership in preserving the unique and sublime position and identity of Makkah while implementing these projects.

Referring to the ongoing massive projects, the Emir said that there are several ring roads, infrastructure projects, public transport projects, expansion of the Grand Mosque and its mataf (circumambulating area), development of unplanned districts, in addition to drainage projects. He unveiled plans to make Makkah the smartest city in the world.

© The Saudi Gazette 2013, April 21, 2013