2006 News Story

King Abdullah launches major projects in Madinah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz launched a number of major projects in Madinah today. King Abdullah is currently on a tour of the Kingdom, which has included stops in the Eastern Province and Qassim Province.

Notably, the King inaugurated a project to expand the Prophet’s Mosque so that it can accommodate an additional 270,000 worshippers. The eastern courtyard of the mosque will be expanded and large umbrellas set up to provide shade for additional prayer areas.

In remarks upon the occasion, King Abdullah expressed optimism that the Islamic and Arab Ummah would unite and regain its earlier status. The King also announced that the Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah would be converted to an international airport.

King Abdullah also launched a Taybah University campus project that includes the construction of a 400-bed university hospital and five colleges for dentistry, pharmacology, applied sciences, computer engineering, and science.

While in Madinah, the King opened several health projects including a 500-bed maternity and children’s hospital and the new headquarters of the Madinah Governorate. He also laid the foundation stones for the 200-bed National Guard Hospital and a new economic city.