800 flights at King Abdulaziz International Airport per day during Haj

Updated 24 September 2015
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800 flights at King Abdulaziz International Airport per day during Haj

JEDDAH: The average number of flights at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah has increased to 800 in just one day during the current Haj season, said Suleiman bin Abduallah Al-Hamdan, chairman of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation, according to a website.
Al-Hamdan made his comments when he visited the airport, its Haj and Umrah lounges and air traffic control tower. He said that air traffic controllers guide pilots in takeoffs and landings through modern integrated systems and devices using advanced technologically to provide best navigational services. They ensure the highest standards of safety of all flights. During the visit, he also observed ground control work in the Haj square inside the control tower.
During his visit, Al-Hamdan met all workers of the control tower and lauded their major role in ensuring the safe movement of planes, particularly the expanded efforts they make during Haj season.
He also visited offices of the airlines of Haj flights which have been working round the clock since the beginning of the Haj. He also met a number of Haj pilgrims and received passengers of one of the Haj flights coming from Malaysia.
Al-Hamdan said that providing services to Haj pilgrims was a great honor for all people of the country. He said that at the airport all formalities of Haj pilgrims are finished within 40 minutes, which is an achievement to be proud of.
He said that King Abdulaziz International Airport and Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport had completed formalities in the arrival of 400,000 Haj pilgrims by Monday.
He said that the volume of air traffic during Haj season has considerably increased from 650 to 800 flights every day.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.