Construction to start on $2.5bn Mecca project

24 June 2008
Construction work on the first phase of the Rawabi Abraj al-Bait is due to begin by the end of 2008.

Phase one of the Mecca project is expected to cover 824,000 square metres of the site, and the construction cost is expected to be SR10bn ($2.6bn).

The first phase of the development, which comprises 21 towers in total, will feature nine towers to be constructed through a build-operate-transfer contract.

Construction is expected to last five years.

Rawabi Abraj al-Bait is one of several major developments planned for Mecca.

Other major schemes include the Abraj al-Bait, a collection of towers including a 577-metre tower, which is being developed by Saudi Binladin Group.

Foundation work is also due to begin by the end of the summer for the $2.7bn Jabal Omar project, which includes the construction of six five-star hotels and seven 35-floor residential towers (MEED 10:6:08).

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