Jeddah to have 20 more mosques

ISLAMABAD: Twenty new mosques will open in Jeddah just before the start of the holy month of Ramazan, an Saudi official said.

Talal Al-Aqil, general manager for endowments and mosques in Jeddah, said local businessmen had donated SR 18 million to build the mosques, Arab News reported.

The mosques are in neighborhoods that need places of worship, including Al-Marwa, Al-Haramain, Al-Safa, Al-Rawabi, Al-Mohammadia, North Jeddah, and the North Terminal neighborhoods.

He said the authorities are prepared for Ramazan and going to renovate many of the old mosques in the days ahead.

He said Jeddah has more than 2,000 mosques. Several residents in the Al-Haramain neighborhood had appealed to the administration and businessmen to build mosques in their area.

The neighborhood, which has a population of more than 20,000 people, has only eight mosques.