Makkah deputy governor reviews Hajj facilities at Miqat Qarn Al-Kabir

Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar visits Al-Bahaita Security Center located along the Taif-Makkah Road on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2018

Makkah deputy governor reviews Hajj facilities at Miqat Qarn Al-Kabir

  • Prince Abdullah also inspected the Directorate General of Passports and the Red Crescent and Health Affairs Center in Al-Bahaita

JEDDAH: Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar visited Miqat Qarn Al-Kabir north of Taif and Al-Bahaita Security Center on Monday.

The deputy governor reviewed the services provided at Miqat Qarn Al-Kabir. The area has a mosque with a capacity for more than 3,000 people and has about 370 lavatories with 160 employees working around the clock to take care of the facilities. At Al-Bahaita Security Center, he was briefed about the services provided by the center and the efforts of security forces in serving pilgrims and facilitating their access to the holy sites.

The center provides assistance to pilgrims coming from the central and eastern parts of the Kingdom and the Gulf states. 

Prince Abdullah also inspected the Directorate General of Passports and the Red Crescent and Health Affairs Center in Al-Bahaita.


Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

Updated 18 September 2020

Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

  • The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete

LONDON: Work on the longest desalinated water pipeline tunnel system in the world has been completed, project coordinators in Saudi Arabia announced on Friday.

The tunnel, which measures 12.5 kilometers long at a width of 8.4 meters, will pump desalinated water to reservoirs in Taif to meet the demand for water in the governorate and in its villages in the southern Al-Baha region.

The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete — starting with excavation work at Al-Hada mountains — and has shortened the distance of water reaching Taif by more than 40km.

Makkah region officials tweeted about the completion of the project, which was completed ahead of schedule.

SWCC said it was ready to receive water in its storage units in Taif and estimate that desalinated water will begin reaching Al-Baha region in the third quarter of 2021.