Construction work on Jabal Omar to begin this year in Mecca

10 June 2008
Foundation work on the Jabal Omar project in Mecca is due to begin by the end of the summer.

Excavation work is under way and construction of the main buildings is expected to commence later this year.

The $2.7bn project is being developed by the Jabal Omar Development Company and is being constructed by a joint venture of Saudi Binladin Group and Saudi Oger.

The masterplan for Jabal Omar covers 1 million square metres and include the construction of six five-star hotels, seven 35-storey residential towers and a four-level retail concourse.

Once completed the development will accommodate up to 40,000 residents.

It is just one of a number of major developments that are transforming the city. Other major projects include the Abraj al-Bait, a 577 metre-high building being developed by Saudi Binladin, and the Rawabi Abraj al-Bait project planned by Jiwar Real Estate.

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