Eight tunnels to ease traffic in Makkah

Updated 03 June 2013
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Eight tunnels to ease traffic in Makkah

Eight new tunnels, including two for pedestrians, are under construction in the holy city of Makkah to ensure free flow of pilgrims and vehicles, press reports said yesterday.
“The tunnels are constructed as part of King Abdullah Project for Expansion of Makkah and holy sites,” one source said, adding that
they would be ready for use shortly.
The project includes construction of three emergency tunnels for rapid evacuation purposes, two tunnels for sewage and electricity and one for services.
The pedestrian tunnels will have a width of 16 meters each and a height of 8.3 meters.
Both tunnels located side by side, with a length of 740 meters, originate from the side of Masaa (the running area between Safa and Marwa) and ends at Hajoun, the source said.
In a related development, Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah Al-Hussayen said the King Abdullah Zamzam Water Distribution Center in Makkah is working round the clock and throughout the year and can supply 200,000 bottles (10 liters each) daily.
The center, which was set up at a cost of SR 700 million, has four production lines while its tanks have a storage capacity of 36,000 cubic meters.
“We are planning to construct another storage tank with a capacity of 40,000 cubic meters,” the minister said.
Total production of the center reached 1.8 million cubic meters since its inception three years ago, of which 1.3 million cubic meters was pumped to the two holy mosques.
Last year it distributed 650,000 bottles of water among the Haj pilgrims.


Government initiative provides support for entrepreneurial families

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, deputy governor of Makkah region, patronize the signing of agreements to enable productive families to benefit from school canteens. (SPA)
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Government initiative provides support for entrepreneurial families

JEDDAH: Saudi authorities are making all-out efforts to facilitate productive families by introducing different programs and offering them various incentives.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz on Monday patronized the signing of agreements between the Education Ministry and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development within an initiative led by the Integration Development Center that helps enable Saudi productive families to benefit from school canteens.

The initiative targets more than 480 families from different governorates in the region to work in the “families” initiative, following the success of the first and second phases in Jeddah, Rabigh, Al-Lith and Adham.

The agreements provide for the preparation and training of families through intensive training courses in marketing programs and business administration, and creating a productive and healthy working environment for the education sector in Makkah. 

The initiative serves productive families in all parts of the Makkah region, enabling the most needy groups to participate effectively and fully integrate into society. In addition to creating job opportunities for citizens by enabling them to invest in the field of school canteens through operating them or by marketing their products to become permanent food outlets.