Darb Al Mashaer

Darb Al Mashaer

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Darb Al Mashaer

X-Architects as Architects

Makkah is the dearest city to every Muslim’s heart. It is the holiest city of Islam before Madinah and Jerusalem. In 2012, 3.16 million muslims visited Makkah to perform the Hajj. This number is expected to grow to 20 million in 2030. As part of the Hajj ritual, muslims are expected to spend three nights in the valley of Mina in one of the 100,000 temporary air-conditioned tents. While there, they perform the stoning ritual during the day. The rough terrain of Mina valley, the lack of space and the strict regulation (by religion) not to build permanent structures inside Hima Al Masheir (the holy ritual territories ) makes it very difficult to provide sufficient services and facilities to the pilgrims during their permanence in Mina.

On the closest available site located adjacent to Hima Al Masheir, at the intersection of the most important pilgrimage routes, we proposed a dense mix development that provides accommodations, facilities and services to the pilgrims during their stay in Mina.

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