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## Current news

The proposition of a project to increase the capacity of the mataf (Place of Tawaf around Kaba) was shown to King Abdullah in Ramadhan 1432 Hijri who directed to start implementing it.

A vast expansion project for the mataf, (the circumambulation space around the Kaaba), is currently under way. The new mataf when completed, after three years, In-sha-Allah will accommodate 130,000 pilgrims in an hour, while the current mataf capacity withstands 52,000 pilgrims. The area behind the Ottoman structure will be demolished and re-built with 1 basement, 3 floors and a roof, all without pillars and all for Tawaf only. This album includes pictures of the old Mataf, the proposals, the approved design and the construction pictures.

## The expansion project in brief

- The project will be implemented in one phase (3 years starts from Muharram 1434 / December 2012).

- The expansion will add 1,300,000 m
^{2}to the existing 400,000 m^{2}(or around 2 million worshipers)

- The project will be associated with heavy works to upgrade and modernize the central Madina area.

## Area for expansion

The total area built for the expansion (including expansion building, the bridges, the service building and the outdoor premises): 709.460 square meters.

Area of the expansion building: 331.400 square meters.

Area of the service building: 321.400 square meters (approximately equal to the area of the expansion building).

Built-up area of bridges: 56.660 square meters.

The capacity of worshipers in the whole expansion: 871.200 worshipers. The capacity of worshipers in the a expansion building: 297,400 worshipers. The capacity of worshipers in the terraces: 187.500 worshipers. The capacity worshipers in the outdoor premises: 315.400 worshipers. The capacity worshipers in the Bridges: 71.200 worshipers.

The number of gates of the expansion building: 54 gates, a main gate in the north and a main gate in the south.

Height of the main dome (from the roof of the building to the top of the dome): 21 meters.

The number of bridges unloading crowds from the terraces building to the expansion: 16 Bridge. Number of large umbrellas (53 m * 53 m, height: 30 m): 9 umbrellas Number of small umbrellas (28 m * 18 m, height: 21 m): 24 umbrellas.

The number of service elevators in the expansion building (for ordinary and disabled people): 16 elevator.

The total number of ablution centers in the basement of the expansion building: 3.120.

The total number of toilets in the basement of the expansion building: 1.380. The total number of toilets in the terrace building: 5700

## See also

Masjid E Haram; Tawaf; Madina; Kaba; Masjid E Nabwi; Hajj; Umrah

## References

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/mataf-expansion-double-current-capacity

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