Further Saudi Grand Mosque expansion plans announced

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has launched five large projects as part of the third phase of expansion for the Grand Mosque in Makkah, including the King Abdullah Expansion Structure, courtyards, tunnels, buildings for service facilities and the first ring road.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, Dr. Abdurrahman bin Abdulaziz Al Sudais, President General of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosques said the expansion will include 1.47 million square metres of development, capable of hosting 1.6 million worshipers, with 78 gates at the ground floor surrounding the expansion building.

The current expansion of the Grand Mosque, launched by the late King Abdullah in 2011, is estimated to cost $26 billion (SR100bn), and the third expansion plan is set to surpass that.

Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al Assaf, Minister of Finance, said the projects include the expansion building, Masaa and Mataaf expansions, external squares, tunnels, services building, hospital, transportation stations, bridges to the Grand Mosque, infrastructure and first ring road.