The pictures below are for posterity sake. Development and reconstruction around Masjidil-Haram in the past years to accommodate the ever growing number of pilgrims have been fast.
In 2006, when we were on Haj, the construction had started about a year before. From what I gather the building of many high-rise hotels have been too close to the Masjidil-Haram rendering it rather inconspicuous. Pilgrims prefer to pray in the hotels. Wallahualam.