Saudi Govt. to spend $400m on Makkah projects

Saudi Arabia is to spend around US$400m on development projects at holy shrines on the outskirts of Makkah.

The report said the investment projects would include linking the city of Mina with Jamarat in Al-Azizia, the expansion of the western parts of the holy site of Jamarat, the transfer of the camel and cattle slaughter houses to Al-Sharayea in Mina and improvements to the water circulation in Muzdalifah and Arafat.

The work was announced by Dr Sahal Al-Sabban, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj for Transport and Projects in the holy places and came as millions of pilgrims began arriving this week in Makkah for Islam’s annual hajj pilgrimage, which starts on Wednesday.

Hajj must be performed by all Muslims at least once in their lifetime who are capable of making the expensive, difficult journey, a duty that applies equally to Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims at a time of tension between Islam’s two biggest sects.Saudi leaders have emphasized it is a strictly religious occasion and they are prepared to deal with any trouble making.

Saudi Arabia’s king is formally titled Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the ruling family has long based its claims to reign on its guardianship of Islam’s birthplace.Over the past decade it has spent billions of dollars expanding the Grand Mosque and building new infrastructure.

Via : Arabian Gazette


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