Jeddah: Nadim Al-Hamid
Published — Friday 13 September 2013
Last update 13 September 2013 6:12 am
More than 50,000 pilgrims have arrived so far in the Kingdom for the current Haj season, Hatim Qadi, spokesman for the Ministry of Haj, said on Thursday.
Speaking to Arab News, he said the pilgrims have been arriving through land, sea and air routes. “It has been a very smooth process and no problems have been reported on arrival,” he said.
“The monitoring and supervisory committees of the Ministry of Haj are working hard to ensure there are no hiccups. They are available in buildings meant for housing pilgrims and are conducting field inspections to ensure pilgrims are comfortable during their visit in Makkah and Madinah,” he said.
“It’s their job to make sure that housing units are clean and ready to host pilgrims. The ministry itself reviewed the leasing contracts of these units. The objective is to ensure that the services made available to the pilgrims are of high quality from the time they arrive until they leave the country. Haj service companies are being checked and verified to ensure that they comply with the regulations in place,” he said.