Some public toilets and simple accommodations have been built, but those criticizing the $13 billion US plans have pointed to the construction of upscale hotels and shopping centres.
Others have objected to the important religious sites that are being obliterated. While the official line is that the increasing number of pilgrims attending Mecca need reasonable housing, others point out that the Wahhabi branch of Muslim frowns on the reverence for the historically important sites.
The Wahhabi, the Al Qaeda and now the followers of ISIL have all displayed their antipathy to concrete reminders of religions. The close relationship between the Wahhabists, the House of Saud and petroleum money have led some to accuse the rulers of funding the religious terrorism that is currently spreading in the Middle East.
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