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Passion Islam I January 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 13
Date set for huge expansion
to Prophet’s mosque
The expansion work at the Prophet’s
Mosque in Madinah aimed at
accommodating 500,000 more
worshippers will start by the middle
of next month, Asharq Al-Awsat daily
reported.
“The proposed expansion of the
mosque would be the second largest
after the first expansion project
launched by late King Fahd in 1986
that created space for one million
worshippers at peak times,” Madinah
Mayor Abdul Aziz Al-Hussein said.
During the first expansion, the
mosque’s courtyards were extended
to the western side up to Manakha The new SR4.7 billion expansion The official added that 586,624
Street, to the east up to Abu Dharr project at the Prophet’s Mosque sq. meters of land will be acquired in
Street and to the north up to Sahaimi include 182 huge umbrellas to protect the area between the King Abdul Aziz
Street, which increased the capacity worshippers from sun and rain. The Road in the south, Airport Road in the
of the mosque to 270,000 worshippers automatic umbrellas will protect north, the Pillars Street in the east
inside and 730,000 in the courtyards. approximately 200,000 people. The and King Faisal Road in the west for
Three years ago Custodian of the expansion of the eastern courtyard of the construction of more utilities and
Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah the mosque would create an additional beautification of the city.
ordered several projects aimed at capacity for 70,000 worshippers with When completed, the new project
increasing the capacity and facilities an underneath parking area for 420 would create space for 500,000 in an
in and around the two holy mosques. cars and 70 large buses. New toilets area of 137,400 sq. meters.
Several billion riyals have already and boarding stations will also be built “In order to facilitate the expansion
been spent on the projects that in that area. Three tunnels will also be project, the municipal authorities have
include the expansion of Masaa constructed to connect the mosque already stopped issuing licenses
(place for walking between Safa and with the King Faisal Road 1. The for new buildings near the area
Marwa); construction of four levels at project also includes the construction earmarked for the project except for
the Jamrat in Mina; and expansion of of new streets and pavements and buildings meant for pilgrim services,”
the courtyards of the Grand Mosque electrification of the areas around the the mayor said.
in Makkah. mosque, the mayor said.
Muslim World League Chief meets
British Islamic Council delegation
The Secretary General they discussed issues of
of Muslim World League mutual concern between
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