Expansion of the area used for the ritual circumambulation of the Kaaba in Mecca is about to begin. Planning on the vertical expansion of the area began last year. The cranes needed to undertake the work are already being put in place, Saudi Gazette reports.
New regulations concerning the use of the mataf area, particularly where handicapped and elderly individuals are concerned, will be implemented. Also to be built is a suspended cable car system linking various sites involved in Haj.
Expansion to triple ‘mataf’ capacity
Ali Bin Ghursan | Okaz/Saudi Gazette
MAKKAH — Construction work on the expansion of the mataf (the area where pilgrims circle around the Holy Ka’aba as part of the tawaf ritual) in the Grand Mosque started Thursday.
The engineers overseeing the project gave the go-ahead to set up the two largest tower cranes ever built in the 21st century in the eastern and western parts of the mosque.
The cranes will be used for the construction work.
The contractor requested the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques to evacuate a number of offices in the Grand Mosque including the preachers’ offices and those housing security forces.
The expansion ordered by King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, aims to end overcrowding in the mataf.