Within two kilometers of AI Haram in Mecca, Thakher City seeks to create a unique and memorable residential and hospitality based environment. The concept plan enhances the pilgrimage experience; improves vehicular and pedestrian mobility; addresses geotechnical and site accessibility issues; and creates a robust, interconnected open space network. The master plan addresses conservation and preservation of the historic town by reducing excavation as much as possible and providing a sustainable strategy for energy, waste, water and transportation.
Composed to accommodate up to 250,000 guests during peak periods, the design is based on a unified grid pattern that can house a multitude of different parcels and scenarios as well as subtly orientate guests toward Al Haram at all times. The design aesthetic increases value with a new urban boulevard, separation of vehicular and pedestrian traffic access and an organized, sequential experience which intuitively guides pilgrims through the site to their destinations. Program elements include The Canyon, Thakher Park, Thakher Plaza, a pedestrian souk, hotels, residential, office, retail, mosques, utilizes and public facilities.