Haram expansion to house 1.5m worshippers

Updated 05 June 2012
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Haram expansion to house 1.5m worshippers

Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques, yesterday inspected the progress of work on the largest expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and said the new facility would accommodate 1.5 million worshippers.
He commended Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for initiating the SR 80 billion project, the largest in the mosque’s history, as part of the government’s efforts to enhance facilities for the millions of pilgrims who come for Haj and Umrah.
“A number of new projects have been implemented inside the mosque and in the masaa (the running area between Safa and Marwa mountains), helping pilgrims perform their religious rituals easily,” said Al-Sudais, who was appointed chief of the prestigious organization last month.
Yahya Binladin, deputy chairman of the Binladin Group, briefed Al-Sudais on the advanced systems being introduced in the new expansion to ensure the smooth flow of pilgrims, especially during peak seasons. There are advanced security monitoring and garbage disposal systems in addition to sunshades in courtyards around the mosque. The new extension will be linked to the existing building with bridges. It will be provided with an advanced air-conditioning and lighting system.
Al-Sudais’ tour covered the service station, which is being implemented on an area of 75,000 sq. meters. It will have environmentally-friendly air-conditioning systems, water tanks and garbage disposal systems. He commended the efforts of workers and supervisors to complete the project on schedule.
King Abdullah laid the foundation stone for the massive project last August and dedicated it to the Islamic world. Covering an area of 456,000 sq. meters in the northwest and northeast of the mosque, the project includes construction of a new building and expansion and development of courtyards around the mosque.
A 1,200-meter long tunnel will be constructed from the end of the expansion passing through Jabal Hindi while another tunnel 1,100 meters long will be built under Jabal Madafie.

An emergency 700-meter tunnel crossing the other two tunnels will be constructed from Jabal Al-Kaaba.
The government has spent about SR 40 billion on the appropriation of properties for the project. Economist Aabid Al-Abdali of Umm Al-Qura University said the amount would trigger an unprecedented economic boom in the holy city. He estimated Makkah's gross domestic product at SR123 billion.

 


13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018. (SPA)
Updated 17 June 2019
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13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

  • More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018

RIYADH: The Ministry of Housing’s “Sakani” program has helped 13,230 families registered on its Real Estate Development Fund list with housing options and finance solutions during May.
This includes 5,835 families who live in their own homes, bringing the total number of families benefiting from the program in different regions of the Kingdom since the start of the year to 68,195.
The Sakani program announced the names of beneficiaries and their national ID numbers through the link https://sakani-names.housing.sa or via the program portal.
More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018.
Ministry of Housing spokesman Saif Al-Suwailem said that Sakani continues to provide its services to beneficiaries according to their needs and abilities. The ministry is keen to provide better services in line with the “Eskan” program, one of the Saudi Vision 2030 initiatives that aims to raise the proportion of residential ownership to 70 percent by 2030.
As part of Sakani’s efforts to provide suitable housing options, the program began to implement 53 new housing projects in different regions of the Kingdom, characterized by affordable prices for a large segment of citizens registered on the lists of the Ministry of Housing.
Al-Suwailem said that the ministry was keen to find solutions for Saudi families that help them to own the right home for them. SPA Riyadh