Grand Mosque in Mecca

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Saudi Binladin Group will restart work on the $26.6 billion expansion of the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

The Great Mosque of Mecca also called the Grand Mosque, is the largest mosque in the World, and surrounds Islam’s holiest place, the Kaaba, in the city of Makkah, Hijaz, Saudi Arabia.

Muslims face in the Qiblah while performing Salat (obligatory daily prayers). One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires every Muslim to perform the Ḥajj, one of the largest annual gatherings of people in the world, at least once in their lifetime if able to do so, including Ṭawāf of the Kaaba.

Development of the Grand Mosque and its surrounding area to accommodate more worshippers was halted after the fatal construction accident in September 2015.

Another stalled government project in which Saudi Binladin is involved, the $3.5 billion construction of the Abraj Kudai hotel complex in Mecca.

The company also restarted work earlier this year on the new King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah.

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