Makkah & Madinah

With the influx of pilgrims to Makkah and Madinah soaring year after year, the Saudi government and property developers are racing against time to meet the demand for accommodation, transportation and a range of services, says ABDULAZIZ KHATTAK.

THE estimated SR37.5-billion ($10 billion) Haramain High-Speed Rail (HHR) is expected to have a major impact on the lifestyle and real estate sector of the cities that it links – namely Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and Rabigh – when it opens next year.