By Sarah Townsend
Project will be the largest real estate expropriation undertaken by any international city - report
Some 26,000 properties in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, will be demolished by the middle of October, it was reported on Sunday.
The properties include around 13,000 buildings and plots of land on the first, second, third and fourth ring roads in Makkah, as well as the train and Grand Mosque real estate projects and the King Abdul Aziz Road redevelopment scheme.
Around 10,000 further properties have been identified for demolition in Dahlat Al-Rushd and Jabal Al-Sharashif.
Further demolition of the Qowz Al-Nakasah Al-Zuhoor districts in preparation for large-scale redevelopment will bring the total number of properties to 25,000 – representing the largest real estate expropriation undertaken by any international city, according to the Saudi Gazette.
The newspaper reported that Osama Al-Bar, the mayor of Makkah and chairman of developer Al-Balad Al-Amin, told a board meeting that developing underdeveloped neighbourhoods is the company’s top priority.