Key road development projects in Makkah enter final stage

Work on Makkah ring road projects is on schedule. (Photo/Supplied)
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Updated 16 December 2019

Key road development projects in Makkah enter final stage

  • The authority finished three of the intersections on the second ring road in the first phase: Al-Kakiyyah, Jorhom, and Al-Tandabawi

MAKKAH: The Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) is working on the finalization of the second and third ring road projects in Makkah in collaboration with the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites, as part of the city’s reconstruction project, under the guidance of Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and with the support and follow-up of Prince Badr bin Sultan, deputy governor of Makkah and deputy chairman of MRDA.

The project’s fieldwork includes implementing intersections, building bridges and services related to roads. The authority finished three of the intersections on the second ring road (on the western side) in the first phase: Al-Kakiyyah, Jorhom, and Al-Tandabawi, and transformed them into continuous flow intersections, and at the moment, the preliminary taking over of the 15-month project is underway.

The second phase is the implementation of Al-Bibyan’s intersection. The work includes building five concrete bridges following the Sulaimaniyah tunnel in the second ring road via Madinah’s intersection and Al-Mansoor Street down to Hussein Arab Street. 

The preliminary work is complete and currently, some of the foundation bridges are being dug and cast, and the coordination to protect and remove interceptors as well as properties is underway. The project will take 24 months.

As for the completion of the third ring road, a 2.5-km stretch of the ring road has been implemented from Al-Khansaa intersection to Al-Jaza’er Street intersection. The work is underway and includes the erection of four concrete bridges over 24 months, and the implementation of a 3.5-km stretch of the third ring road starting from Al-Jaza’er Street intersection to Al-Taniem intersection. The work includes a concrete bridge and 4 million cubic meters of rock cuts.

Spokesperson Jalal bin Abdul Jalil Kaaki stressed that the authority was working hard to complete the ring roads in Makkah, in coordination with the authorities, in order to finish the projects on schedule.


DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

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DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

  • The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season

RIYADH: US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid has lauded the Kingdom for its successful and safe organization of the curtailed Hajj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season and expressed his appreciation for the country’s generosity.

“On behalf of the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, I extend our best wishes to all Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha,” Abizaid said in a statement.

He thanked the Saudi leadership for the care and services provided to the specially selected group of around 1,000 pilgrims of various nationalities allowed to perform Hajj.

“I would also like to express our deep appreciation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten, and Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh for the government’s actions to protect the health of those participating in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. 

“I also extend our gratitude to the people of Saudi Arabia for their kind hospitality, friendship, and generosity during Eid and throughout the eight decades of our two countries’ close partnership. May the prayers for peace of all people around the world be heard,” he added.

Separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) also commended Saudi Arabia for its efforts in organizing Hajj.

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the steps taken by the Kingdom to ensure the safety of pilgrims and said the preventive measures had set an example for other countries to follow in working toward lifting COVID-19 restrictions.