2004 News Story

Sacrificial projects in Makkah to be completed by December

Three projects in Makkah that impact on the sacrifice aspect of the annual Hajj pilgrimage are expected to be completed by the end of November. One of these involves the dismantling of two abattoirs at Muzdalifa and the construction of new facilities at Moyssim adjacent to Mina equipped with modern machines for waste disposal as well as skinning and butchering. Another project is to make these abattoirs accessible to pilgrims, with the construction of six one-way pedestrian tunnels and four bridges connecting the new facilities directly with the area of Jamarat. The third project involves constructing two road tunnels and two bridges to connect the Moyssim facilities with the King Khaled Road.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has invited tenders for construction of the Jamarat terrace project, expected to cost up to SR 4 billion [U.S. $1 billion]. Plans for the initial phase call for three levels, to accommodate some 2.8 million pilgrims throwing pebbles each day of the ritual. In the second stage, there will be ten floors, to accommodate 5 million pebble-throwers per day. This project is not expected to be completed for several pilgrimage seasons. A project is currently under way to deal with stampeding in the area, with the construction of three tunnels to ease crowding. No cars or other means of transportation will be allowed access to these areas. Clinics that include operating rooms will be part of the construction.