Governor pledges more development in Makkah

Twenty-year development plan aims to make Makkah one of the world's most beautiful cities.
DEVELOPMENT: Makkahs new metro system, which is designed to link the citys holy sites, is expected to open later this year. (Getty Images)
By Orland Crowcroft
Mon 09 Aug 2010 01:50 PM

Makkah is set to unveil its new metro system this year – the first stage in a 20 year development plan being undertaken for Islam’s holiest city.

The city’s governor Prince Khaled Al Faisal told top executives that a new transport system and would allow even more pilgrims to visit the Grand Mosque in the coming years.

“We have completed two years of the plan that begins from the Holy Kaaba, which receives millions of faithful every year,” the governor pointed out, stressing the need to implement all transportation projects in the city in an integrated manner linking them with road networks of Jeddah and Taif.

“We’ll be responsible before God and coming generations if we do not work to make Makkah one of the most beautiful and modern cities in the world."

Earlier, Makkah Mayor Osama Al Bar, chairman of Albalad Alameen, gave a presentation about the company’s transport projects in Makkah and the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah. “Our company will call tenders to implement a number of projects shortly with the private sector support,” he said.

A number of new projects have been planned for the overall development of Makkah province, including the development of the old residential districts, Jeddah’s northern and southern Corniche, and new tourism projects in Taif, Qunfuda and Al Laith.

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