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National Water Completes Holy City of Mecca Expansion Projects

June 19, 2013

National Water Co. completed 840 million riyals ($224 million) of waterworks around Mecca to help accommodate more pilgrims that visit the holy city.

The projects inaugurated on June 17 are mainly east of Mecca and include 584 kilometers (364 miles) of sanitation infrastructure works and pumping stations, according to the Saudi utility’s chief executive officer, Loay al-Musallam.

The water network expansion and infrastructure projects will improve conditions for the religious pilgrims that travel to Mecca throughout the year, project head Abdullah al-Hagbani said.

More than 10 million people visit the Grand Mosque in Mecca every year and about 3 million attend the annual Hajj, a journey each able-bodied Muslim is obliged to make. The holy city is undergoing large-scale expansion around the mosque, with 10 hotel towers due to open this year alone.

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