Saudi overhaul reshapes 'unrecognisable' Makkah

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MAKKAH: As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store.

At that time, Makkah was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene desert mountains where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) once walked.


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