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Demolition work at Grand Mosque to end before Ramadan

Source :  Arab News | Makkah | 12 Apr 2012

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has instructed relevant authorities to complete demolition work in the northern courtyards of the Grand Mosque in Makkah before Ramadan in order to help worshippers perform prayers in the area without difficulty.

Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Bar said his mayoralty held an emergency meeting with relevant officials to speed up demolition work in the area in order to complete the work ahead of Ramadan.

According to a report issued by a special committee, only 20 percent of demolition work in the northern parts of the mosque has been completed.

The new Haram expansion project will cover an area of 356,000 square meters, one and a half times bigger than previous expansions as a whole, a report carried by Al-Madinah Arabic daily reported yesterday.

The new project would facilitate the movement of vehicles and people in and around the central region of Makkah. It will also reduce pressure on the mosque as the huge northern courtyard can accommodate a large number of worshipers.


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