Dr. Mozammel Haque Expansion of the Two Holy Mosques was given top priority by King Abdul Aziz and his successors for the service of Islam and Muslims. They were aware that Holy Mosque could not support the growing numbers of worshippers and also overseeing the well-being of the pilgrims undertaking the annual Hajj. The implementation of the expansion projects aimed at enabling pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors of the Holy Places to perform their rituals in comfort and ease. A long and glorious tradition of expansion surrounds the Haram Mosque, dating back to 638 AD, when the increasing number of conversions to Islam led the second Caliph, Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, to develop the site.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia is deeply saddened by the tragic bus crash that claimed the lives of six British nationals whilst taking part in the Umrah pilgrimage.
HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom, responded immediately to the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and instructed Embassy officials to assist the victims’ families in any way possible.