Elevated prayer platform being built in Makkah
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