The Comprehensive Master Plan responds to the growing pressures from accelerated development for accommodating the millions of pilgrims journeying to Islam’s holiest cities in Saudi Arabia. It proposes to strike a balance between urbanism and protecting sacred and natural features to preserve the setting in which the rituals have been performed since the time of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Forty-two inter-disciplinary reports describe a coordinated and sustainable approach to urban development, transportation-infrastructure as well as environmental stewardship while maintaining focus on the sacred rituals of pilgrims. The planning strategies, developed by Moriyama & Teshima / MMM Group, were presented to the Development Commissions of Makkah and Madinah and reviewed by international experts from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In August 2012, His Royal Highness, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and his Council of Ministers endorsed the Comprehensive Master Plan. Since then various agencies have been working towards implementation of this $227 billion project.
Development Commission of Makkah alMukarramah and alMashaer alMuqaddasa (DCOMM)
Development Commission of alMadinah alMunawwarah (DCOM)
Makkah: 131,728.6 ha
Madinah: 229,459.7 ha
Adrian Phiffer, Ajon Moriyama, Ammar Nasir, George Stockton, Hesham El-Tyeb, Peter Bogaczewicz, Shirin Rouhani, Will Klassen