Saudi Arabia launches Rua Al Madinah project to boost Hajj/Umrah sectors

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz inaugurated the infrastructure works and unveiled the master plan for the Rua Al Madinah project, which aims to consolidate Madinah’s position as a modern Islamic and cultural destination, and boost the Kingdom’s Hajj, Umrah and travel sectors.


The project, which is aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, is being developed and implemented by Public Investment Fund-owned Rua Al Madinah Holding Company, according to a press statement by the developer.


The statement said the project involves the rehabilitation of 1.5 million square metres (sqm) while reviving the city’s cultural and architectural heritage and the addition of more than 47,000 hotel rooms by 2030 in the area east of the Prophet’s Mosque.


It said open and green spaces will comprise 63 percent of the project’s total land area, adding that green areas will cover nearly 83,000 sqm.


Additionally, the master plan includes nine bus stops, a metro station, tracks for self-driving vehicles, and underground parking to facilitate visitor access to the Prophet’s Mosque.


As quoted by the Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday, the Crown Prince said it would significantly increase the resident capacity and accommodate up to 30 million Umrah pilgrims.


It is known that this project is being developed and will be implemented by Rua Al-Madinah Holding Company, a Saudi PIF company engaged explicitly in the development, operation, and investment of real estate in the City of Medina, as part of PIF’s efforts to develop and activate promising sectors.


According to the SPA report, the project is planned to be implemented to the highest international standards as an indication of the continued support of the Kingdom’s leadership in Medina to consolidate its position as a modern Islamic and cultural destination for pilgrims.


The construction project is reportedly part of a Public Investment Fund development effort aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. Under the project, on an area of ​​1.5 million square meters will be built as many as 47,000 hotels rooms with some in the luxury segment.


In addition, the project master plan covering an area of ​​83,000 m2 will consist of green areas with open spaces and green spaces covering up to 63% of the total project land area.


The project is designed according to the highest international standards. It offers many integrated transportation solutions, including nine bus stops for visitors, a metro station, tracks for driverless vehicles, and underground parking for those traveling by private vehicles.


The project is also expected to feature many historical monuments of great importance to the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad. At the same time, the unique heritage of the holy city is reflected in the design of all buildings and facilities.


By featuring modern urban planning and large-scale development projects, it will undoubtedly contribute to improving the quality of life by increasing comfort and enriching the experiences of residents and visitors of Medina.


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