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Saudi Arabia to greatly enhance capacity of two holy Mosques

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  1. Zarvan

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    RIYADH – According to Saudi Gazette Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is establishing two new companies to increase the number of pilgrims that the Kingdom can host at Two Holy Mosques.

    The Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund said the companies — Rou’a Al-Haram and Rou’a Al-Madinah — will develop residential and commercial areas around the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madina.

    The fund said on Monday that the new companies will help the Kingdom accommodate more than 30 million people expected to visit Makkah every year and 23 million visitors a year to Madina by 2030.

    The companies will develop 150,000 hotel rooms in both cities near the holy sites.

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    In Makkah, the first phase of the company’s projects will cover an area of 854,000 square meters, delivering 115 buildings of various architectural designs. It will have 70,000 new hotel rooms, accommodating 310,000 visitors per day, as well as develop around 9,000 residential units, 360,000 square meters of commercial space and prayer areas designated for more than 400,000 worshipers.

    The Rou’a Al-Madinah project will develop an area of 1.3 million square meters, adding 80,000 new hotel rooms with 500 residential units and prayer areas to accommodate 200,000 worshippers per day.

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    The company’s activities will include the development of hotel, commercial and residential projects, as well as the development of cultural centers and museums to enrich Madina’s religious, cultural and historical offerings.

    The company will broaden opportunities for investment and private sector participation through the development of strategic partnerships.

    The project will also take into consideration the sacred nature of the Prophet’s Mosque, and create a comprehensive system for pedestrian passages separated from the movement of vehicles.

    The projects will create around 200,000 job opportunities, with an estimated annual contribution to GDP of SR7 billion.

    Initial preparation work is currently underway, with construction due to start in 2018. The first phase of the project is anticipated to be launched in 2023.

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    The Rou’a Al-Haram project construction will start in 2018 and by 2024 the project will be operational.

    It will create 160,000 job opportunities and contribute SR8 billion annually to the Kingdom’s GDP by 2030.

    Both projects will raise the level of development in the areas surrounding the Two Holy Mosques, create around 360,000 job opportunities, and contribute SR15 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP), as part of a wider plan to diversify the national economy of Saudi Arabia.

    https://timesofislamabad.com/saudi-...ance-capacity-of-two-holy-mosques/2017/10/03/
     
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  2. Saif al-Arab

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    This is a incredibly welcome move. Combined with the ongoing and future projects in both Makkah and Madinah, it bonds very well for those two holy cities. Nothing less should be expected.

    As for the future numbers of pilgrims visiting each year during Hajj and Umrah, they are hard to comprehend. 30 million (for a sole city like Makkah) each year by 2030 is a HUGE number. Not only that I only expect those numbers to keep growing. So obviously such projects must be welcomed.

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    Tuesday October 3, 2017 / 13 Muharram 1439

    RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is establishing two new companies to increase the number of pilgrims that the Kingdom can host at Two Holy Mosques.

    The Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund said the companies — Rou’a Al-Haram and Rou’a Al-Madinahwill develop residential and commercial areas around the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

    The fund said on Monday that the new companies will help the Kingdom accommodate more than 30 million people expected to visit Makkah every year and 23 million visitors a year to Madina by 2030.

    The companies will develop 150,000 hotel rooms in both cities near the holy sites.

    In Makkah, the first phase of the company’s projects will cover an area of 854,000 square meters, delivering 115 buildings of various architectural designs. It will have 70,000 new hotel rooms, accommodating 310,000 visitors per day, as well as develop around 9,000 residential units, 360,000 square meters of commercial space and prayer areas designated for more than 400,000 worshipers.

    The Rou’a Al-Madinah project will develop an area of 1.3 million square meters, adding 80,000 new hotel rooms with 500 residential units and prayer areas to accommodate 200,000 worshippers per day.

    The company’s activities will include the development of hotel, commercial and residential projects, as well as the development of cultural centers and museums to enrich Madinah’s religious, cultural and historical offerings.

    The company will broaden opportunities for investment and private sector participation through the development of strategic partnerships.

    The project will also take into consideration the sacred nature of the Prophet’s Mosque, and create a comprehensive system for pedestrian passages separated from the movement of vehicles.

    The projects will create around 200,000 job opportunities, with an estimated annual contribution to GDP of SR7 billion.

    Initial preparation work is currently underway, with construction due to start in 2018. The first phase of the project is anticipated to be launched in 2023.

    The Rou’a Al-Haram project construction will start in 2018 and by 2024 the project will be operational.

    It will create 160,000 job opportunities and contribute SR8 billion annually to the Kingdom’s GDP by 2030.

    Both projects will raise the level of development in the areas surrounding the Two Holy Mosques, create around 360,000 job opportunities, and contribute SR15 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP), as part of a wider plan to diversify the national economy of Saudi Arabia.

    http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...-ARABIA/Makkah

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    http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?...newsid=1672903

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    http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?...newsid=1672907
     
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    What commercialization? Please explain.
     
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    No such thing as "Wahhabi" (KSA is the cradle of Islam and is home to ALL major Islamic sects indigenously and the population also follows all those various sects as the only Muslim country on earth - something your brain seemingly has a hard time accepting) and no "commercialization" other than adopting to the growing number of pilgrims. KSA should give as many Muslims (1.7 billion people) as possible the opportunity to visit during Hajj and Umrah and for that to occur the necessary infrastructure and logistics to accommodate them, must be built.



    He can't as he is only interested in trolling. His usual pastime on PDF whenever commenting about Arabs, if you notice. He seems very obsessed although we are not able to give him the same attention in return.

    Obvious trolling is obvious. Millions of Muslims have waited their entire lives to perform Hajj and Umrah and for millions (in fact vast majority) this remains a dream. Once more Muslims can be accommodated, this will be less of a problem. This way the cost for an average pilgrim will also be even lower.

    "Maybe" he expects only a few 10.000's people to visit Makkah and Madinah each year on horse or camel back or by boat like 500 years ago?

    You would never see his likes comment on similar projects taking place in Karbala, Najaf, Qom, Mashhad etc.
     
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    The first time I went to Makkah, I was 7 years old. Ever since then, I have been going regularly, with the exception of the last few years. Don't know why they have to troll on every topic.
     
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    Ignorance..it is as simple as that.. if the guy can't figure out that the expansion of Al Haramein is related to population growth in the Muslim world, then his case is helpless..
     
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    PUBLIC INVESTMENT FUND TO LAUNCH “ROU’A ALMADINAH” COMPANY

    Company will reinforce Al Madinah’s position as an international Islamic destination

    ● The project will increase capacity for pilgrims and visitors to the holy sites, enriching spiritual and cultural experiences


    02 October, 2017
    The Public Investment Fund (PIF) has announced the establishment of Rou’a Al Madinah, a company that will deliver projects designed to increase capacity for pilgrims and visitors to the Prophet’s Mosque, whilst also enriching spiritual and cultural experiences across the holy city of Al Madinah.

    The company’s establishment is in line with Vision 2030, which aims to provide an opportunity for the largest possible number of Muslims to perform Hajj and Umrah, and to enrich and deepen their experience through the development of the two Holy Mosques.

    Preliminary estimates indicate that the total number of annual visitors to Al Madinah will increase to 23 million by 2030. The company aims to develop a 1.3 million square meter site no more than 1,000 metres away from the east wing of the Prophet’s Mosque. The project will see the development of 500 new housing units and 80,000 hotel rooms, increasing hotel capacity to receive 240,000 guests per day, in addition to increasing the number of prayer areas to accommodate 200,000 worshipers per day.

    The company’s activities will include the development of hotel, commercial and residential projects, as well as the development of cultural centres and museums to enrich Al Madinah’s religious, cultural and historical offerings. The company will broaden opportunities for investment and private sector participation through the development of strategic partnerships.

    The project will also take into consideration the sacred nature of the Prophet’s Mosque, and create a comprehensive system for pedestrian passages separated from the movement of vehicles, as well as update the public transport stations at the end of the pedestrian passages.

    The projects will create around 200,000 job opportunities, with an estimated annual contribution to GDP of SAR 7 billion.

    Initial preparation works are currently underway, with construction due to start in 2018. The first phase of the project is anticipated to launch in 2023.

    http://www.pif.gov.sa/News/News9.html
     
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