By SHARIF M. TAHA | ARAB NEWS STAFF
Makkah is witnessing mega-development projects at a combined cost of more than SR300 billion, according to Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Bar.
“The city is enjoying enormous support from the country’s leaders,” he says.
Al-Bar said the public transport project, including metro and buses, will make Makkah a smart city that is attractive for investors and end traffic bottlenecks during Umrah and Haj seasons.
A ministerial committee, lead by the Makkah governorate, is supervising the public transport project.
The ministers of municipal and rural affairs, transport and Haj are members of this committee.
The mayor said earlier that the SR62 billion public transport systems would bring about a dramatic improvement in the transport of pilgrims and citizens in the city.
The first phase of the project, costing some SR25.5 billion, would start by the middle of next year.
“The value of Makkah projects is estimated at SR300 billion. Of these, SR100 billion are governmental projects,” he added. More info