Hajjar meets Indonesian minister

Updated 13 February 2013
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Hajjar meets Indonesian minister

Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar yesterday held talks with Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali on matters related to Indonesian pilgrims’ housing and transport as well as Haj awareness programs.
Hajjar emphasized the importance of educating pilgrims about Haj matters before they arrive in the Kingdom. Foreign Haj missions should complete arrangements for the transportation and housing of their pilgrims in advance, the Saudi minister said.
The Indonesian minister commended Saudi Arabia’s services for pilgrims. He also noted the government’s efforts to develop the two holy mosques and the holy sites in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifa to accommodate more pilgrims.


More than 100 volunteers support Makkah’s Civil Defense

Some of the volunteers check their assignments before being deployed in different parts of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 21 May 2018
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More than 100 volunteers support Makkah’s Civil Defense

JEDDAH: More than a hundred men and women have signed up to render volunteer service in support of the Civil Defense Department inside the Grand Mosque of Makkah for the duration of Ramadan.

The volunteers have been trained to help carry out tasks such as first aid, transporting the injured, and assisting the elderly or whoever needs help while at the Grand Mosque.

Work is being done through two teams, Al-Salaam and Sa’ed, and the volunteers are divided into several domains across eight locations inside the mosque.

“The Civil Defense is working with the concerned authorities to serve the visitors of the Grand Mosque since they arrive at its borders in Makkah and until they are inside,” said Makkah Civil Defense spokesman Col. Saeed Sarhan.

Volunteers are tapped to help the Civil Defense Department  during the Ramadan and Hajj seasons when the number of pilgrims and visitors to Makkah swell.