New pedestrian tunnel in Makkah
A new pedestrian tunnel extending from a local Makkah neighborhood to the Grand Mosque is set for opening in two days.
Umrah pilgrims will be able to walk from the Jaroul neighborhood straight into the Grand Mosque.
The pedestrian tunnel is equipped with advanced air conditioning, emergency and fire systems and will have a security presence at all times.
The tunnel, which is 600 meters long and 15 meters wide, will also have water coolers and advanced lighting and will extend through public transport stops and end at the King Abdullah extension in the northern area of the Grand Mosque.
The tunnel is divided into two sections.
One section, which is six meters wide, will be devoted to security authorities and emergencies, while the other nine-meter-wide tunnel will be for pilgrims.
The tunnel will serve thousands of pilgrims once the train project is completed.