Saudi Arabia issues protocols to ensure safety of pilgrims during Hajj

With coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases still surging throughout the world, Saudi Arabia has limited the number of pilgrims to performing this year’s Hajj and put several protocols in place. The Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya) has set the protocols to decrease the infection rate and ensure pilgrims’ safety. Saudi Health Minister Dr. […]

Hajj 2020 to be held with limited number of pilgrims

Hajj will go ahead next month but with a “very limited” number of pilgrims allowed to take part, Saudi Arabia said on Monday. The decision was taken due to the ongoing threat from the coronavirus pandemic and to preserve “global public health,” the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said. Pilgrims taking part will be […]

Saudi Arabia lifts coronavirus curfew

Saudi Arabia has lifted its nationwide curfew, but says other restrictions will remain. Authorities say all economic and commercial activities will resume, but bans on international travel and religious pilgrimages will not change. The kingdom has not yet made any announcements about the annual Hajj pilgrimage, beginning in late July. Several countries, including Malaysia and […]

Saudi Arabia asks Muslims to delay Hajj bookings

Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims planning to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage to delay booking amid uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. Hajj Minister Mohammed Banten said the kingdom was concerned about the safety of pilgrims and urged people to “wait before concluding contracts”. Some two million people were expected to travel to Mecca and […]

Grand Mosque cleaned four times a day during Hajj

Sanitizing and perfuming the Grand Mosque is highly important — the permanent cleanliness and the pleasant odors remain engraved in the memory of the mosque’s visitors. But it isn’t an easy task — over 4,000 people work around the clock to provide a pleasant and clean place for worshippers to perform their prayers. Over 3,000 […]

Jamarat: Crowd management at the heart of Hajj

One of the biggest showpieces of Hajj infrastructure is Jamarat Al-Aqaba, constructed at a cost exceeding SR 4.2 billion ($1.12 billion) and capable of handling a flow of 300,000 pilgrims per hour. The 950-meter long and 80-meter wide structure is designed to support 12 floors and accommodate five million pilgrims in the future if needed. […]

Saudi ministry offers Hajj hotline and ‘Fatwa Robot’ service

The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs is offering a free hotline to answer all questions related to pilgrimage rituals on the contact number 8002451000. The service covers eight languages, including Arabic, English, French, Urdu, Turkish and Indonesian. Pilgrims can choose to listen to electronic messages about the rites of Hajj and Umrah, general messages from […]

How Saudi Arabia plans to meet the water needs of holy sites

As pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, accommodation, transportation and the safety of more than 2 million people are some of the biggest issues the Kingdom’s authorities have to deal with. But there is another daunting challenge that does not attract the same amount of media attention: The water requirements of such a […]

Saudi forum reveals smart technologies used to enhance pilgrims’ Hajj experience

Smart technologies being used and developed in the Kingdom to improve services for Hajj pilgrims were revealed at a forum held in the holy city of Makkah. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif inaugurated the “Advanced Technology Utilization on Hajj – Smart Hajj” gathering on Sunday at Umm Al-Qura University’s King […]

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