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see AllahabadAllahabad
, city (1991 pop. 844,546), Uttar Pradesh state, N central India. On the site of Prayag, an ancient Indo-Aryan holy city, Allahabad was renamed Prayagraj by the state government in 2018, but the change has not yet been formally approved by the national government.
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; VaranasiVaranasi
, formerly Benares
, city (1991 pop. 1,030,863), Uttar Pradesh state, N central India, on the Ganges River. Although a rail hub and trade center, Varanasi is chiefly important as a holy city.
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; JerusalemJerusalem
, Heb. Yerushalayim, Arab. Al Quds, city (1994 pop. 578,800), capital of Israel. East Jerusalem is also claimed by Palestinians as a future capital, and most nations have not formally recognized the city as the capital of Israel in the belief that its
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; MeccaMecca
or Makkah
, city (1993 pop. 966,381), capital of the Hejaz, W Saudi Arabia. The birthplace c.A.D. 570 of Muhammad the Prophet, it is the holiest city of Islam, and the goal of the annual Muslim hajj. It is c.
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; RomeRome,
Ital. Roma, city (1991 pop. 2,775,250), capital of Italy and see of the pope, whose residence, Vatican City, is a sovereign state within the city of Rome. Rome is also the capital of Latium, a region of central Italy, and of Rome prov.
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Holy City

poetical name for heaven. [World Rel.: NCE, 1213]
See: Heaven
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The KBR report shows MMH's strong asset backing from the investments to which the company has exposure in real estate and development in the holy cities of KSA.
The holy cities remain key markets, with about 47 per cent of tourism going there, but tourism in Saudi Arabia still lags behind other markets.
In subsequent years, it has launched the world's first bespoke real estate consultancy programme and joint-investment fund focused on the Holy Cities.
Jones Lang LaSalle's Holy Cities report is the first report undertaken by a globally renowned firm on the real estate sector in the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah.
Jones Lang LaSalle, the world's leading real estate investment and advisory firm and the largest in the Middle East, has reported that the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah are unique in the MENA region in that they are constrained more by supply and capacity constraints and not demand (which is effectively unlimited).
connects the two holy cities via Jeddah by 2012, Saudi Press Agency (SPA)
Gerard Glas, Rail Sector Head for Tata Steel, said: This is a prestigious project which will see the holy cities being linked by rail for the first time.
Mottaki held a meeting with Ayatollah Sistani during his pilgrimage to Iraq's holy cities of Karbala and Najaf last week.
Global real estate advisory firm Alpha1Estates International said the growth reflects the current boom in the Holy Cities for developers and their investors.
Electrical power, the correspondent said, had become too week in Baghdad over the past couple of days, due to the transfer of the main power load to the Shiite holy cities, commemorating the said religious occasion, according to the spokesman of the Iraqi Electricity Ministry, Musaab al-Mudarris.
The optimal hospitality model in the Holy Cities is yet to be reached in a context where investors and the Saudi authorities, are challenging the conventional vision," concluded Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud.
Both modern shopping centres and traditional markets are buzzing with tens of thousands of pilgrims, not only in the holy cities but also in Jeddah, which serves as the transport hub for most foreign pilgrims.