Mataf is the area around Kaba. It is the area where Tawaf takes place. It is the place where circumambulation is performed.
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 m2 to the existing 400,000 m2 (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
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