Saudi Arabia inaugurates the first phase of the iconic Jabal Omar Project near the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Gazette reports.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor of Mecca province Prince Khaled al-Faisal says, “The development of Mecca, the holiest site in the world, is the duty of everybody.”

The first phase of the project worth SR 3.41 bn includes four foundation structures, ten hotel towers, and 97 villas. The hotel towers include Hilton Suites Makkah, Makkah Marriott Hotel, Hyatt Regency Mecca, and Jabal Omar Conrad Hotel. There are also several shopping malls launched as part of the phase.

The company is developing 2.2 mn square meters of land in five phases at an estimated cost of SR 20 bn.