Transport sector in the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah makes preparations for Hajj

Deputy Transportation Affairs Minister Bassam bin Ahmed Ghulman met with members of the Transport Sector in the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. (Spa)
Updated 21 May 2018
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Transport sector in the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah makes preparations for Hajj

  • The meeting was attended by coordinating councils for trips from Makkah and the Makkah Development Authority at the ministry headquarters.
  • Several approved projects were discussed during the meeting, including the expansion of bridge 62 Souq Al Arab over Wadi Arna, west of Arafat, and linking it to the existing northern pedestrian route No. 6.

RIYADH: Deputy Transportation Affairs Minister Bassam bin Ahmed Ghulman met with members of the Transport Sector in the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

The meeting was attended by coordinating councils for trips from Makkah and the Makkah Development Authority at the ministry headquarters.

Ghulman said the meeting comes within the Ministry’s preparations for the Hajj season in line with its vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.

Several approved projects were discussed during the meeting, including the expansion of bridge 62 Souq Al Arab over Wadi Arna, west of Arafat, and linking it to the existing northern pedestrian route No. 6.

In addition to expanding road bridge 56 Al Jawhara over Wadi Arna, west Arafat and linking it to the existing southern pedestrian route No. 1.

And establishing an overpass and four slopes at the Muzdalifah, along with extending the emergency road in Muzdalifah and add more links to pedestrian bridges.


Saudi interior minister reviews Hajj safety procedures

Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif patronizes the military parade. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2018
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Saudi interior minister reviews Hajj safety procedures

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s interior minister patronized a military parade of the Hajj security forces on Monday.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, who is also the Chairman of the Higher Hajj Committee, reviewed preparations to serve the pilgrims, who are continuing to arrive in the Kingdom ahead of the annual pilgrimage. Their numbers are expected to reach the millions.
The Kingdom’s security forces are sparing no efforts to maintain a safe environment for the Hajjis.
Prince Abdulaziz affirmed the preparedness of all sectors involved in securing this year's Hajj.
The minister reviewed the special mechanisms, armored vehicles and security aviation on deployment. 
During the ceremony, Gen. Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, assistant minister of interior for operations affairs, said "the forces have begun their duties in Mecca, the holy sites, Medinah and all the outlets and roads leading to the Hajj ritual areas.
The duties of the security forces fall in line with the directives of King Salman, followed up by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and under the direct supervision of the Minister of Interior.
Gen. Al-Qahtani stressed the readiness of the forces, in coordination with Saudi ministries and other bodies, to maintain the security of pilgrims and facilitate their Hajj.