What is the concept of “300,000 people living in 4 km2?” It means that 45 people live in a small house about 60 m2 in shanghai! It sounds impossible, but the Saudis can make it. Saudi Arabia will show Mecca’s innovative urban practice to the world through the “Mecca tent town”, and display how Mecca solves the housing problem of 300,000 people in the area less than 4 km2.
Mecca is a global famous Holy City of Islam. There are about 2,520,000 pilgrims visited Saudi Arabia this year, but only a few of them can live in hotels in Mecca. During the past ten years, the government spent 25 billion (about RMB 45.5 billion according to current exchange rate) to solve this problem. They built a “Mecca tent town” with 40,000 tents for millions of people, which is the biggest tent town in the world. All basic living facilities in the town are available, as well as modern communication equipments. What’s more, special hood fabric is used in these tents, which is proof against fire, wind, corrosion and skid with a lifetime of 25 years.
In the case of “Mecca tent town”, each tent will be copied as the genuine one within the ratio of 1∶1. The whole display will be carried out according to the urban planning of the town. Visitors will enjoy its total model, short documentary of the pilgrimage history, the program of “the Future Holy City” and so on.
So far, the special hood fabric has safely arrived in shanghai from Saudi Arabia and is currently installed. “Mecca tent town” will be completed and open to the public as scheduled.
Rebecca contributes to the story.