(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SAUDI NEWS AGENCY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)
More Than 1.6m Pilgrims Arrived in Saudi Arabia
Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al Yahya, director general of the Directorate General of Passports, told a press conference: “Up to this moment, our air, land and sea checkpoints have warmly received 1,684,629 pilgrims from different countries of the world.”
According to Yahya, 1,584,000 pilgrims have arrived by air, 85,000 entered the country via land crossings, and 16,163 came by sea.
He added that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman were keen on facilitating easier and comfortable arrival of pilgrims from abroad.
He said that effective use of technology has given an edge to Saudi Passports department to assist pilgrims on arrival and departure.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has successfully completed its operation plan for the arrival phase of the pilgrims for the current Hajj season. The total number of flights reached 6,969: 3,939 via King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and 3,030 via Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina.
General Sulaiman Al-Amro, Director of Civil Defense, said that he notified the interior ministry of the readiness of the civil defense forces to continue its mission in this Hajj season.
Municipal, Rural Affairs
The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs completed the maintenance of 58 tunnels in Makkah and Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah, within a detailed plan to operate and maintain municipal facilities.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has launched its awareness campaign for Hajj pilgrims to cooperate with all sectors, officials, and organizers. Awareness messages will be sent through social media platforms to various local, regional and international media in several languages; Arabic, English, French, Russian, Chinese and Persian.