Showing posts with label Hajj. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hajj. Show all posts

Sunday, 18 September 2016

A 10-month Umrah season proposed

A government proposal to extend the Umrah season from the current eight months to 10 is being considered, local media said quoting informed sources.
The proposal, according to which Moharram and Shawwal would be included in the Umrah season, comes in the context of having a new vision for Makkah and Madinah, the sources said.
Umrah visas currently cover the period between Safar and the end of Ramadan.
The proposal is also in line with the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to raise the number of Umrah pilgrims from 8 million to 30 million by 2030.
The vision is meant to enrich the pilgrims’ religious and cultural journey in the Kingdom through the construction and expansion of museums and historic and cultural sites.
According to the vision, the biggest Islamic museum in the world will be established. It will collect, store, display and document items aimed to acquaint visitors with the rich Islamic history.
Meanwhile, the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) organized a workshop to discuss a detailed road map for sustainable growth in all business sectors in Makkah through Haj and Umrah.
MCCI Chairman Mahir Jamal said the next period will witness the completion of mega projects in Makkah, to keep up with the growth of Muslims in the world. Muslims number about 1.62 billion worldwide, representing 23 percent of the global population.
“This prompted our wise leadership to envisage an expected increase in the number of pilgrims performing Haj and Umrah from 8 million to 30 million by 2030,” he said.
The National Transformation Program 2020 has also put forth strategic goals for the Ministry of Haj and Umrah, aimed at facilitating the journey for Haj and Umrah pilgrims

Friday, 9 September 2016

More than 707,000 pilgrims visit Madinah

More than 707,000 pilgrims visit Madinah
A total of 707,685 pilgrims visited Madinah since the start of the Haj season until Monday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday quoting a statistical report of the Private Establishment of Guides.
As many as 592,514 pilgrims have already left for Makkah while 115,094 are still present in the Prophet’s city. As many as 114,000 pilgrims will be sent to Makkah Wednesday.
According to the statistics, 10,956 contracts were signed by various departments to accommodate the visiting pilgrims in 590 hotels and furnished apartments.
It said 67 pilgrims are presently confined to hospitals for medical treatment. Via— Saudi Gazette

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Politicization of Haj ‘won’t be tolerated

The Kingdom has reiterated that attempts to politicize Haj will not be tolerated and that demonstrations will be prevented to ensure peace during the pilgrimage.
Col. Othman Al-Muhraj, director for public security, said that carrying out processions from any of the Haj sites is strictly prohibited.
“Anybody trying to create trouble will not be able to achieve their goals during Haj,” he said during a press conference, following the preparatory meeting of the Directorate General of the Public Security in Jeddah.

Al-Muhraj said that adequate security arrangements have been made for various stages of Haj to make it ideal.
“I want to tell pilgrims that we have received orders from our leadership and our country to serve you. We, as security personnel, are here to serve you,” he said.
Asked about attempts by Iran to politicize Haj, he said the leadership of the Kingdom has prohibited processions from any of the Haj sites.
“There are clear guidelines from the leadership to prevent it in any form. Troublemakers will not be able to achieve their goals as Haj is for worship and not for disturbances or for any act rejected by Islam.”
Meanwhile, a large numbers of pilgrims have already arrived and arrangements have been made at all sites for various stages of Haj.
The Ministry of Haj and Umrah has adopted a new approach for the Haj program, to be implemented in coordination with relevant authorities to make the pilgrimage smooth, comfortable and peaceful.
An executive plan, which would be monitored electronically, is in place. Surveillance cameras have been installed to track the movement of crowds, analyze the ground situation and record violations through mobile applications and technologies. Via —Arab News,

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Executive plan for grouping of pilgrims OK’d

Minister of Haj and Umrah Muhammad Bantan has approved the executive plan for the grouping of pilgrims and forwarded it to Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, who is the chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee, for final endorsement.

He said the first phase of the plan deals with grouping of the pilgrims to the Jamarat and to the stations of the Masher train.
“The plan has also approved the strategy of crowd management in Mina through cameras and electronic monitoring,” he explained.
Bantan said his ministry is keen to involve all government and private bodies including the tawafa establishments and the Haj companies in the smooth grouping of pilgrims to ensure their safety and comfort.
Meanwhile, about 600,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive in Madinah through Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport on board 2,561 flights from 39 countries. The airport has established a total of 90 counters to expedite the passport procedures of pilgrims.
Sufficient numbers of personnel along with equipment for fingerprinting are deployed to man the counters.
On the other hand, the Establishment for Guides has designed a special uniform for its 2,600 employees to make them easily recognizable for pilgrims who may need assistance. Via —Saudi Gazette

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Pilgrims warned against visa fraud

Pilgrims warned against visa fraud
The Ministry of Haj and Umrah has warned prospective pilgrims against being duped by rumors on social media promoting Haj visas for sale.
The ministry stressed the need to use e-track, the ministry’s official method for issuing Haj visas.
The ministry said it monitors the number of pilgrims who have been issued Haj visas each day and keeps details of their arrival in the country.

It urged Haj affairs offices and service organizers to speed up procedures for issuing Haj visas.
The Haj Ministry said it was closely cooperating with official authorities monitoring fraudsters within the Kingdom and abroad who claim they can obtain Haj visas for prospective pilgrims abroad.
It appealed to those wishing to perform Haj to obtain the correct information from the ministry’s website.
Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Arab Organization for Red Crescent and Red Cross Saleh Al-Suhaibani said the organization was ready to obtain the high tech bracelets pilgrims will wear during the upcoming Haj.
The Kingdom has previously announced that it will introduce electronic identification bracelets for all pilgrims to Makkah starting this year as part of a safety drive a year after the annual pilgrimage suffered its deadliest disaster in a generation.
The technology is part of the organization’s latest project, Istijabah or “response”, which is a joint effort with Saudi Ascob Group.
Al-Suhaibani said rapid response authorities could make use of the bracelets under the project.
These authorities include the Ministry of Haj and Umrah for crowd management and Tawafa establishments, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and international organizations working with refugees and migrants.
According to the organization, the project will become the first humanitarian relief database in the world.
Each bracelet has a special bar code, which functions according to online and offline systems.
This high-tech bracelet was tested successfully during the organization’s recent visit to some refugee camps and was found to save time, effort and money.
The bracelet is manufactured using environment and human-friendly materials and can resist harsh climatic conditions, including high temperatures.
The bracelet can be adapted to suit the data needs of the authority concerned.


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