Saudi Crown Prince reviews Makkah Grand Mosque’s Third Expansion

HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Minister of Defence, and Vice President of the Council of Ministers has been provided updates on the expansion of Makkah Grand Mosque.

The Crown Prince, as chairman of the board of directors of Royal Commission for the Holy City of Makkah and Holy Sites, chaired the group’s second meeting at Makkah’s Safa Palace on 11 February, 2019.

Among the commission’s responsibilities is to achieve the mandate of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to improve pilgrim services and establish a system that supports the social and infrastructural significance of the Grand Mosque.

The commission’s board discussed various projects within its purview, including the Third Expansion scheme of Makkah Grand Mosque. The project’s progress and various components were reviewed by the officials.

Through Third Expansion, Makkah Grand Mosque is being expanded to raise total capacity to 2.2 million worshippers, according to construction listings website, ProTenders.

ProTenders lists Dar Al Handasah as Makkah Grand Mosque – Third Expansion’s design architect, lead consultant, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineer, and structural engineer. Contracting giant Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) is listed as main contractor, with SBG – Advance Vision Electro-Mechanical named MEP contractor.

Eng Abdulrahman bin Farouk Addas, executive chairman of Royal Commission for the Holy City of Makkah and Holy Sites, said the organisation “will work on a number of issues pertaining” to Makkah Grand Mosque’s administration, including road and similar infrastructure schemes.

The board meeting was followed by a visit to review the status of Makkah Grand Mosque, where the Crown Prince is said to have offered prayers, as well as entered the Holy Kaaba and kissed the Black Stone in worship, according to local daily Arab News.

According to the project’s page on ProTenders, Third Expansion includes the main building of Makkah Grand Mosque; the circumambulation area around the Kaaba, Mataf; the running space between the hillocks of Al-Safa and Al-Marwa, called Masaa; external squares; the first ring road surrounding Makkah Grand Mosque; and infrastructure such as power stations and water reservoirs.

Third Expansion’s construction area spans 147ha, with the expansion set to add 32ha for 300,000 worshippers. Also included in the project’s scope are advanced eletromechanical systems, fire safety networks, hygiene and water treatment facilities, and sound systems that include headphones and 4,524 headsets, ProTenders adds.

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