Prophet’s Mosque expansion: Most east-side buildings razed!


Demolishing workers and tools at the site. — Okaz photo

MADINAH — The demolition of over two-thirds of buildings surrounding the Prophet’s Mosque from the east have been completed for the mosque’s grand expansion ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

The demolition work started early July and has been continuing ever since. So far, 10 big buildings have been demolished, including the Awkaf building, the Al-Wiladah mosque and the Al-Ansar market.

Director of PR at the Presidency of the Affairs of the Prophet’s Mosque Abdul Wahid Al-Hattab said when the expansion is completed from all four corners, the mosque will raise its intake capacity to more than 1.6 million worshipers.

He noted that the demolition process did not impede… continue reading at

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