El­e­vated prayer plat­form be­ing built in Makkah

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Con­struc­tion has be­gun in Makkah on what is set to be­come the world’s high­est sus­pended prayer area, or musal­lah.

The plat­form will be sus­pended 161 me­tres in the air be­tween two tow­ers in the area near King Ab­du­laziz Road in the holy city, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the Saudi press. It will have a to­tal area of 400 square me­tres and be able to hold more than 200 wor­ship­pers.

The prayer area di­rectly over­looks the Kaaba and the Grand Mosque, and wor­ship­pers will be able to hear prayers from the mosque.

En­gi­neer Anas Sairafi, chair­man of the real es­tate com­mit­tee in the Makkah Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, told the Alara­biya news web­site that the project was sched­uled to be com­pleted within six months.

“The sus­pen­sion bridge un­der­went long stud­ies to de­ter­mine if it can with­stand the cli­matic and nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena. As to the con­struc­tion con­di­tion, it is safe for sure,” he said.

“The stud­ies took sev­eral years to carry out fol­lowed by a care­ful re­vi­sion and check­ing, to en­sure that it can with­stand the im­pacts of wind ac­tion, tem­per­a­ture changes, earth­quakes and the dif­fer­ence in the set­tle­ment rates of the sub­strata and soil un­der the loads of the two tow­ers, on the tow­ers them­selves, which are linked by the sus­pen­sion bridge.”

Mr Sairafi said the plat­form would be built en­tirely of steel.

The plat­form will over­look the Kaaba and the Grand Mosque

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