King Salman, crown prince thank Interior Ministry for successful Hajj

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Updated 06 September 2017
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King Salman, crown prince thank Interior Ministry for successful Hajj

JEDDAH: King Salman has sent a letter of thanks to Interior Minister and President of the Higher Hajj Council Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif in response to his letter to the king on the success of the current Hajj season.
In his letter, King Salman said that he received Prince Abdul Aziz’s letter which concerned the success of the season where the number of pilgrims increased by 26 percent and it was free from any epidemic diseases.
King Salman also expressed thanks to Allah for the success of the season and the favorable responses they have received from pilgrims and officials of different countries for the facilities and services, and safety, security, health and organizational aspects.
The king also thanked Allah for being honored to serve the Two Holy Mosques, pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors.
He also expressed thanks to the minister, regional governors and all personnel of the military, civilian, and private sectors for their efforts which allowed the pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, also sent a cable of thanks to Prince Abdul Aziz on the occasion of his congratulations to the crown prince on the success of the Hajj season.
In the cable, the crown prince praised the Hajj efforts and the success of the season.
Later, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to King Salman, governor of Makkah region and chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, congratulated King Salman on the success of this year’s Hajj.
“I am pleased to convey to you the highest congratulations and blessings on the occasion of the success of this year’s Hajj season, thanks to Allah Almighty and your generous care, attention and follow-up, enabling the pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease, comfort and assurance, and thanks to the provision of physical and human potential, capabilities and services in all the government, security and private sectors, and the upgrading of the level of services offered to more than 2 million pilgrims, since their arrival until the safe return to their homelands,” Prince Khaled said in his letter to the king.
Prince Khaled also sent two similar cables of congratulations to the crown prince and Prince Abdul Aziz.
Meanwhile. the guests of the King Salman for Hajj and Umrah program have concluded their Hajj rituals and are  headed for Madinah.


Pilgrimage planning for Hajj season unveiled

Updated 17 July 2018
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Pilgrimage planning for Hajj season unveiled

  • Chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais said the presidency was keen to prepare early for the season this year
  • Al-Sudais said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes pilgrims from all countries of the world and from different sects

JEDDAH: The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques started implementing its plan for the pilgrimage season this year, which lasts for two months from the beginning of the current Dhul Qadah month until the end of Dhu Al-Hijjah.

Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, said the presidency was keen to prepare early for the season this year.

Al-Sudais said that the presidential plan seeks to achieve a number of goals, including helping pilgrims perform their rituals with ease and tranquility and preparing all facilities.

He highlighted the availability of important services, including seminars by a number of high-ranking scholars and teachers, distribution of the Holy Qur’an and religious pamphlets, translation of Friday sermons into 10 languages and arranging visits to the Prophet’s Mosque.

A total of 210 doors in the Grand Mosque and 100 doors in the Prophet’s Mosques have been prepared as well as 28 escalators in the Grand Mosque and four escalators in Prophet’s Mosque. There are 38 doors for people with special needs and seven for women. There are seven bridges and a special entrance for funerals. There are also 25,000 Zamzam water containers in the Grand Mosque and 23,000 in the Prophet’s Mosque.

It also translates speeches into sign language for the deaf and provides services for those with special needs, such as golf carts to transport elderly pilgrims, and regulating the entry and exit of worshipers.

He said that the number of people circulating Kaaba in all the floors of the Grand Mosque has reached 107,000 an hour.

Air conditioning has been installed in the basement and ground floor and many other areas have finished. Thousands of fans have been installed in the Two Holy Mosques and their yards.

The area around the Two Holy Mosques has been equipped with more than 8,441 toilets, as well as more than 6,000 ablution units.

A number of different TV and radio programs and films have been made highlighting the efforts made by Saudi Arabia in the service of the two Holy Mosques and the holy sites and services provided to the guests of the House of God.

Al-Sudais said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes pilgrims from all countries of the world and from different sects. He stressed that the Kingdom is keen to provide the best services for all pilgrims in order to help them perform their rituals in comfort, ease and security.