Makkah deputy emir inspects 130 meters long minarets, progress work Third Saudi Expansion of Grand Mosque

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Prince Saud bin Mishaal, deputy emir of the Makkah region, inspects progress of work of the Third Saudi Expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Sunday.

Prince Saud bin Mishaal, the newly appointed deputy emir of the Makkah region, began his duties with a field visit to the expansion works of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Sunday.

During the visit, he inspected the Third Saudi Expansion of the holy mosque and was briefed on the progress of the ongoing works. He was accompanied by Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, minister of Hajj and Umrah, and chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority for the Care of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Affairs.

Speaking on the occasion, Prince Saud said that his visit comes in implementation of the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman, and with the follow-up of the Advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Emir of the Makkah region Prince Khalid Al-Faisal to inspect the progress of the largest ever expansion of the Grand Mosque so as to enable the pilgrims to perform their rituals in ease and comfort.

The visit of the deputy emir began with an inspection of the new doors of the Grand Mosque and he listened to a briefing on the development work that was carried out on a number of gates, including the Al-Fath Gate, the Umrah Gate, and the King Abdulaziz Gate, which was made of steel and the highest types of break-resistant iron, in addition to the walls that were made of high-quality stainless steel with a layer of bronze and plated with pure gold, as well as the installation of the two crescents for the two minarets of King Abdulaziz Gate.

The minarets are 130 meters long while the height of the two crescents is approximately nine meters and the base is two meters wide for each crescent. They were made of carbon fiber, which is considered as highly durable, and they were coated with gilded glass.

After that, Prince Saud inspected the suspended ceilings overlooking the mataf, and listened to a briefing on the work to expand the Saudi Corridor of mataf which was implemented to provide space for worshipers according to high-quality engineering standards and to support it with technical services and modern sound and lighting systems. The total expansion area covers 12,350 square meters with the capacity to accommodate 107000 people per hour.

The deputy emir visited the exhibition of the General Authority for the Care of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Affairs, which introduces visitors to the services provided at the Two Holy Mosques and the efforts made by the Kingdom to serve the guests of God. He then headed to the eastern corridor, listening to details about the facilities of the Third Saudi Expansion, which has a total building area of 320,000 square meters and can accommodate approximately 300,000 worshipers.

Prince Saud also visited the external squares that contain water fountains and places for ablution, with a total area of 180,000 square meters. He reviewed the services project, whose building area is 625,000 square meters, and includes prayer terraces on an area of 130,000 square meters. It accommodates 33,000 worshipers and contains a restroom, an emergency hospital, 272 escalators, 60 elevators, and offices for government agencies.

Saudi Gazette