The scope of works for the SR4bn ($1bn) project includes the construction of a hospital, a medical clinic, accommodation facilities and offices. In total, the buildings will have a total built-up area of 500,000 square metres.

Bids are due to be submitted by 14 March, with several major local contractors expected to bid for the work, including Saudi Oger, Saudi Binladin Group, Almabani General Contractors, and El-Seif Contracting Company.

The facility is being developed to offer logistical and medical support to the millions of pilgrims who visit the holy city during the annual Hajj and Umrah festivals.

Work on the project is expected to take three years.

It is one of a series of major developments to modernise facilities at the city and increase its capacity to handle the millions of pilgrims (MEED 10:10:08).