All-round development of Haram green-lighted

All-round development of Haram green-lighted
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All-round development of Haram green-lighted
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Updated 14 July 2015

All-round development of Haram green-lighted

All-round development of Haram green-lighted

MAKKAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has launched five projects for the expansion of the Holy Mosque of Makkah, which is in its third phase and includes buildings, tunnels and a ring road.
The main entrance of the new building of the mosque will comprise three gates with two shutters. It will have three floors with a floor space of 320,000 sq. meters to accommodate 300,000 worshippers and the ground area of 175,000 sq. meters to accommodate 330,000 worshippers.
The project includes five pedestrian tunnels that will connect the Holy Mosque with Al-Hajoun and Jarwal with a total length of 5,300 meters.
There will also be a central services complex to accommodate a power station, emergency electricity generators, water cooling facilities and fire extinguishers.
A 4,600-meter ring road, which will be constructed in the central area, will consist of bridges for movement from the central area to the exit area through three pathways.
“This historic expansion includes 1,470,000 sq. meters. The Grand Mosque accommodates more than 1,600,000 worshipers with 78 gates on the ground floor surrounding the expansion building,” said Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the presidency of Two Holy Mosques.
Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said the third expansion phase will see the extension of the previous historic expansions. "The five projects include expansion of the building, masaa and mataf expansions, external squares, tunnels, services building, hospital, transportation stations and the first ring road.
In another development, King Salman reviewed the new design for the Saudi currency notes and the second issue of the metal coins.
The review was done during a reception in Al-Safa Palace by Al-Assaf, Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority Gov. Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Mubarak and Deputy Gov. Abdulaziz bin Saleh Al-Freeh. Al-Mubarak introduced to the king the new design of the notes, which includes a photo each of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, in addition to photos of the Saudi renaissance and important historical heritage of the Kingdom.
Meanwhile, the king on Sunday held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A number of international and regional issues between both the countries were discussed. The meeting was attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, Information & Culture Minister Adel Al-Toraifi and senior officials of the two countries.