The expansion of the mataf, or circumambulation area around the Kaaba, will be ready this Ramadan, with a capacity for 100,000 worshippers an hour.
This was confirmed on Friday by Sultan Al-Qurashi, director of project management at the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, according to a report in Aleqtesadiah.
The completed work would also include the third phase of the project such as the floors of the basement, ground and first floor. Some areas on the north side of the Grand Mosque would also be completed including squares, praying areas and toilets.
“We are currently working on utility buildings, which include government offices, the operations room, the headquarters of the security authorities, health department, Red Crescent, Civil Defense, and other related offices. About 95 percent of such buildings have been completed,” Al-Qurashi said.
Social Affairs Minister Majed Al-Qassabi and Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, with officials after signing the agreement to develop the handicraft industry. (AN photo)
The Ministry of Social Affairs and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has signed an agreement to boost the handicraft sector.
The National Handicraft Program, known as Bari, is also involved in the initiative to raise