Work on the first phase of a $13.32bn project to build a “pilgrim city” in the holy city of Madinah is underway

The project, which will cover an area of over 1.6 million m² and with a brief to accommodate 200,000 people in will have 100 office and residential towers and 30 hotels.  It will also include a 400-bed hospital, as well as railway and bus stations.  It is located 3 km to the west of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

The pilgrim city will also be home to offices of all Haj related committees, administrative offices of Haj operators and for government headquarters, but will also be the Madinah Governor’s office.

In its first phase, the project will cost $880 million, while its second is budgeted at $719 million and is financed by the state-owned Public Investment Fund.

Furthermore and following this year’s Haj, KSA’s King Abdullah requested the government to go ahead with the project so as to further improve services for all pilgrims.