by Daniel Pipes
July 28, 2011
That’s the conclusion of an article in Al-Arabiya by Sarah Sfeir: “Real estate experts say that the price of a square meter in the commercial area around the holy city, can be up to 375 thousand riyals ($100,000).”
As a consequence, high-rise buildings are going up at a feverish pace, especially around the Grand Mosque.
A “forest” of tall buildings has emerged next to the holy mosque, built by the Jabal Omar Development Company; it cost more than $5.5 billion dollars. Hilton will soon open its doors there, along with 26 other new hotels, adding 13 thousand additional rooms to the city. … Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) says that the investment of the government and real estate development companies in Mecca and Medina is estimated to reach $120 billion dollars over the next decade. In Mecca alone, projects worth $20 billion are currently under construction.
Comment: Globalization has arrived in full force in Mecca. Not long ago a city remote from the beaten path, it now boasts the finest consumer experience money can buy, a lot of money too. (July 28, 2011)
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