King approves revised plan for Prophet’s Mosque

Updated 31 July 2015
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King approves revised plan for Prophet’s Mosque

MADINAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has approved the revised designs for the Prophet’s Mosque expansion project, which includes expansion of the mosque, Darb Al-Sunnah project (3km stretch between the Prophet’s Mosque and Quba Mosque and rebuilding of the Quba Mosque.
The approval came during the king’s recent visit to Madinah in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, president of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques.
The Ministry of Finance said the king reviewed the proposals and the project’s designs within the scope of the large-scale expansion project of the Prophet’s Mosque and other related schemes, which also include the Dar Al-Hijra, King Salman Center for Conferences and development of new central area in Madinah.
According to the revised plan, the first phase of development works will be undertaken on the eastern side of the Prophet’s Mosque, followed by development on the western side during the second phase.


Saudi police shoot down unauthorized drone over restricted area in Riyadh

Updated 44 min 41 sec ago
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Saudi police shoot down unauthorized drone over restricted area in Riyadh

RIYADH: A remote-controlled drone was shot down by police on Saturday night after it was detected flying over a restricted area in Riyadh without a security clearance.

The drone, believed to be a toy, was intercepted by officers at Al Khuzama police station, a spokesperson for the Riyadh Police Department said. The police unit acted immediately and in accordance with relevant security instructions, and the authorities have launched an investigation into the incident, the spokesperson said.

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