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Mecca for the rich: Islam's holiest site 'turning into Vegas'

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Historic and culturally important landmarks are being destroyed to make way for luxury hotels and malls, reports Jerome Taylor

Saturday, 24 September 2011


A £690m expansion of the Grand Mosque in Mecca has begun to accommodate an extra 1.2 million pilgrims a year

Behind closed doors – in places where the religious police cannot listen in – residents of Mecca are beginning to refer to their city as Las Vegas, and the moniker is not a compliment.

Over the past 10 years the holiest site in Islam has undergone a huge transformation, one that has divided opinion among Muslims all over the world.

Once a dusty desert town struggling to cope with the ever-increasing number of pilgrims arriving for the annual Hajj, the city now soars above its surroundings with a glittering array of skyscraper

Added: Sep-27-2011 Occurred On: Sep-27-2011
By: RustyButter
Other Middle East
Tags: Mecca, money, Las Vegas, Saudi, clock, tower
Location: Saudi Arabia (load item map)
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