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Riyadh to establish company to upgrade capacity of holy sites

An aerial view shows the Clock Tower and the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca on September 6, 2016. 
Muslims from across the world have gathered in Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI
An aerial view shows the Clock Tower and the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca on September 6, 2016. Muslims from across the world have gathered in Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has agreed to form a company to develop and increase the capacity of the holy sites in Makkah and Medina, local Al Eqtisadiya news website reported on Saturday.

The proposed company, which will be owned by the government, was approved days after the kingdom announced the success of the Haj season that brought together more than 1.8 pilgrims.

The company will be in charge of enhancing the efficiency of utilities and services such as electricity, water, air-conditioning and cleanness. It will work to separate the routes of pedestrians and vehicles.

To generate money, the company will invest in the holy sites to be tourist attractions throughout the year, especially the religious archaeological sites.

The company is expected to generate thousands of job opportunities for local manpower.

The company is part of many initiatives the country are adopting to get ready for post-oil era by implementing various economic and investment projects.

–IANS

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