Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sudais, head of Saudi Arabia’s Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, has directed officials to finish construction and maintenance works on King Abdulaziz Gate, which is the main entrance to Makkah Grand Mosque, before the commencement of Ramadan 2019, which is expected to be on 6 May.
According to an Arabic language statement on Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Sheikh Sudais made his remarks during a tour of the 48m-high gate.
During his tour, SPA added, Sheikh Sudais stressed the need for high safety standards to be followed during the process, to ensure the safety of visitors during the Holy Month.
Senior officials of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques accompanied Sheikh Sudais during the tour.
The visit comes two months after HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Minister of Defence, and Vice President of the Council of Ministers provided updates on the expansion of Makkah Grand Mosque.
Through Third Expansion, Makkah Grand Mosque is being expanded to raise its total capacity to 2.2 million worshippers, according to construction listings website, ProTenders.
Third Expansion’s construction area spans 147ha, with the expansion set to add 32ha for 300,000 worshippers.
Also included in the project’s scope are advanced eletromechanical systems, fire safety networks, hygiene and water treatment facilities, and sound systems that include headphones and 4,524 headsets, ProTenders data shows.