Abdulaziz Gate Closed due to Haram Expansion
King Abdulaziz Gate, also called the Bab Malik Abdulaziz, is among the main gates that lead the entrance to the Grand Mosque in Makkah. The massive construction work to expand Masjid Al Haram’s capacity to two million started in 2007 and is projected to see completion by the year 2020. Due to the expansion, the King Abdulaziz Gate has been closed till the renovation and construction is finished and the gate is ready to be opened again.
The King Abdulaziz Gate is positioned exactly opposite to the Ajyad Street. It not only serves as a cab stand for the visitors but it is also close to the escalators that links the common arrival point within the tunnel from where visitors can conveniently reach the mosque.
After the Hajj season, two out of three doors of King Abdulaziz Gate were closed to the public while the remaining doors got closed on Saturday after the washing ritual of the Holy Ka’aba.
The pilgrims and worshippers who used King Abdulaziz Gate earlier to enter the Mosque previously are now guided to the King Fahad Gate.
The spokesperson of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs told about the closure of 26 doorways besides the King Abdulaziz Gate.
“There would be two substitute bridges at Al-Umrah Gate and Al-Fatah Gate in place of the gates that are being demolished in the mosque’s southern and western directions as part of the ongoing expansion work,” he said.
Also, work to eliminate the two minarets of the Grand Mosque over the King Abdulaziz Gate initiated recently as part of the continuing final stage of the extension work of the mataf. King Abdulaziz Gate and other 26 doors of the mosque in the range have been removed before to the flattening of the structure.
It is advisable for the intended pilgrims to not choose a hotel on the Ajyad Street because of the difficulty of reaching there due to the unavailability of the King Abdulaziz Gate. Other than that there are various choices available to pick from, to ensure a comfortable stay in Makkah during the pilgrimage.