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King: Complete Prophet’s Mosque project in 2 years

King: Complete Prophet’s Mosque
project in 2 years

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered that work
on the new expansion project for the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah should start
immediately so that it is completed in less than two years.
The king stressed the significance of completing the project at the earliest
considering the greatness of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Finance
Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said.
The mosque building will cover an area of 614,800 square meters while the
combined space of the mosque and plazas will be 1,020, 500 square meters
following the new expansion, the largest in history.
“The mosque will accommodate one million worshippers inside and 800,000
worshippers in the plaza,” Al-Assaf said, shedding more light on the new project for
which the king laid the foundation stone on Monday.
Once completed the mosque will have two big minarets besides smaller ones. The
Central Zone surrounding the mosque will triple in size compared to the present
area with more space for residences and shopping areas.
Twenty-three hotels will be removed from the Central Zone for the project while 21
new hotel projects would be completed this year to make up for the shortfall in
hotel rooms.
The Central Zone will undergo near total reconstruction including the expansion of
existing utilities. The mosque’s plazas in the eastern and the western sides will
undergo further development. The buildings surrounding the plazas will be built
matching the urban development and in line with the rich Islamic cultural history of
Madinah.

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