The government of Saudi Arabia has commenced work on the project to transform Makkah Moazzama as a Smart City. The announcement of making Makkah Moazzama a Smart City was announced a couple of weeks ago by Governor of Makkah Moazzama and advisor of Khadimul Haramain Sharifain Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Prince Khalid Al-Faesal.
The Smart City would enable modern transport facilities for the pilgrims and senior citizens performing Hajj and Umrah at the city. As per reports, the royal authority of the city will also collaborate in promoting the project.
The authorities state that the Makkah Moazzama Smart City project has been assigned to a Japanese company. Under the project, 400 smart buses made in Japan will be plied in Makkah by 2020 and the number will be increased to 2000 in the next five years.
Reports further state that the buses will be controlled with the help of a remote control system and GPS system will be installed in them. The interiors of the buses will have smart display panel which would operate in both Arabic and English languages. Passengers will be provided internet and Wi-Fi facility within the smart buses.