The Madinah Government in Saudi Arabia has launched a new mixed-use project worth SAR55bn ($14.6bn).
The project, named Dar Al-Hijrah, will be developed close to the Prophet's Mosque, Miqat and Qiba Mosque.
The 1.6 million m² project site will feature 100 administrative and residential towers, each at 30-storeys high.
While 20 towers will be used for administrative purposes, 80 will be used for residential purposes. The buildings will also house 76 four-star and six five-star hotels with 40,000 rooms.
The hotels will be able to accommodate more than 120,000 guests and feature a reception lounge, waiting halls, restaurants, cafés and business centres.
The project will also feature offices of Hajj and Central Hajj Committee in Madinah, and administrative offices of Hajj missions, Guides National Foundation, Tawafah (Circumambulation) Foundation, Motor General Syndicate, Travel and Tourism Agency and medical missions.
The offices will have the capacity to accommodate 31,000 employees.
In addition, the project will also house a 400-bed hospital and a railway station to transport around 84,000 pilgrims from and to the Prophet's Mosque.
According to the Ministry of Finance, the project will be implemented in three phases and is expected to be completed before the next year's Haj season.
Image: Madinah Governor Prince Faisal inaugurating the project. Photo: courtesy of Ministry of Interior, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.