Credit for biggest expansion of Haram goes to the king


The biggest expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah was carried out during the reign of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

In 2011, the Haram’s capacity was raised to accommodate 1.6 million worshippers, one-and-half times more than all the expansions put together in the mosque’s history. This latest expansion cost SR 80 billion and is part of Makkah’s many development projects, including work on the mosque’s central zone and surrounding areas.

Speaking on the seventh anniversary of King Abdullah’s accession to throne, Dr. Muhammad Bin Nasser, vice president of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs, said developing the mosque’s area is an ongoing project.

“Every year the Grand Mosque witnesses more development in the services provided to visitors. This year, the King Abdullah Expansion Project is being carried out. It includes the latest and most sophisticated electrical and mechanical systems. The expansion is linked to the first Saudi expansion and to the masaa (running area between Safaa and Marwaa) via several bridges. A new system of elevators and escalators is being installed,” he said.

He said there will be an integrated services station that is being constructed on an area of 75,000 square meters that will include modern, eco-friendly air conditioning systems, water reservoirs, waste dumping systems and others.
The project to expand the tawaf area is one of the major projects and will result in the capacity being increased to accommodate 130,000 Tawaf performers per hour across all floors instead of the current capacity of 52,000.

The project will include a floor (the first one) allocated to those with special needs and will be connected to elevators and escalators. The special needs floor will also be connected to the masaa, he added.

Secretary-General of the Madinah Development Board Muhammad Al-Ali said the new expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque that will be executed as part of the city’s comprehensive development plan will increase the mosque’s capacity to accommodate 320,000 worshippers, he said last year at the Madinah Research Forum.

Credit for biggest expansion of Haram goes to the king

The plan includes rehabilitating Wadi Alaqiq (Alaqiq valley), the biggest valley in Madinah, he added.
He said that Quba Mosque area is also included as it will be developed on an area of 1.5 million square meters as well as the city’s meeqat point (where pilgrims don the ihram prior to performing Haj or Umrah), whose development contracts have been awarded to contractors.

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  1. Thanks TMT for this posting from the Holy Land of the Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, Alhamdolillah, God is great.On this occasion of the 7th anniversary of King Abdullah’s accession to the thrown, it is the real news to know that the biggest extension and expansion of the Grand Mosque Of Makkah Mukarrama was done by KIng Abdullah as the custodian of the Haram Shareef and that now its capacity /accomodation has increased to sixteen lacs worshipers, which is one and half time more than all the expansion put together in the history of this blessed Mosque of Makkah.And now the extension of the Prophet’s Mosque of Madina Munawwara is also being increased to accomodate Three(3)lac and 20 thousand worshipers . Alhamdolillah. Here let all of us pray that all the fortunate Hajis, worshipers from all parts of the world, perform their Haj Rituals completely and in a manner which pleases the God Almighty and then, on their return back to their homes, they must feel themselves a much more God fearing practical Muslims with Taqwa and fear of God in their hearts and that they are now more able to serve as Role Model for all the ‘non-Haji’ Muslims of their locality. Ameen.

  2. My name is Azim from. Malaysia, May I have several high resolution copies of the recent overhead image of the expansion of the Masjidal Haram. Please let know. Thanjks

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