Saudi to build city for pilgrims in Madinah
Jeddah, June 11, 2013
Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans to build a modern city for pilgrims in Madinah, aimed at boosting pilgrim services in the holy city, a report said.
The new city will be built on an area of 1.6 million sq m along Hijrah Road with latest facilities and public transport systems to house 200,000 pilgrims, said the Arab News report.
Madinah Governor Prince Faisal bin Salman was quoted in the report as saying that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah had instructed the Finance Ministry to implement the project.
State-owned Public Investment Fund will finance the project, which will include a railway and bus stations, offices of government agencies and a 400-bed hospital, the report said.
A number of hotels and furnished apartments will also be constructed, the report said.