FaceOf: Hisham Siraj Hammami, chief information officer of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Hajj and Umrah Ministry's chief information officer Hisham Siraj Hammami
Updated 26 August 2018
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FaceOf: Hisham Siraj Hammami, chief information officer of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Hisham Siraj Hammami is the current chief information officer (CIO) in the information technology department of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. He is also a senior adviser to the minister of Hajj and Umrah. 

Hammami is responsible for upgrading and updating the organization’s data centers and networks. 

He also works on completely automating all business processes, and building the E-government strategic plan, and managing and reorganizing the IT (information technology)department.

Before taking up that position, Hammami served as IT  security manager at Banaja Holdings. 

Hammami has expertise in network design, implementation, administration, and security, project management, and computer forensics. 

He is also a qualified Cyberoam-certified network and security professional as well as an optika imaging system certified technician.

Hammami has participated in many global technology events, conferences and forums in Saudi Arabia and abroad related to digital transformation, and technology solutions and innovations. 

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s information technology department is providing technical solutions to help pilgrims during their stay in Makkah.

Hammami told Arab News that all internal data center and communications infrastructure serving pilgrims from within the Kingdom were upgraded this year. 

He said that customers had the chance to evaluate the packages earlier this year and the reservation process for obtaining Hajj permits have been eased. 

An updated version of the Manasikana application to help pilgrims and visitors was launched this year. It supports eight languages.

 


Hajj pilgrims praise Saudi support at Dhaka airport

Updated 34 min 7 sec ago
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Hajj pilgrims praise Saudi support at Dhaka airport

  • Seventy immigration officials from Saudi Arabia are currently in Dhaka to accomplish pilgrims’ immigration tasks
  • At the airport, Saudi authorities have established 15 booths to serve pilgrims, who have to record 10-finger impressions in the Kingdom’s immigration database

DHAKA: Pre-immigration facilities provided by Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrims in Bangladesh have helped reduce waiting times by several hours after their arrival at airports in the Kingdom, several of them said on Wednesday.
The program is part of Saudi Arabia’s Road to Makkah initiative, whereby pilgrims can complete immigration at airports in their home country instead of doing it on arrival in the Kingdom.
From this year, Bangladeshi pilgrims are enjoying pre-immigration facilities at Dhaka airport.
“Among the 127,000 Bangladeshi pilgrims, this year 60,500 of them will have the opportunity to complete the immigration formalities at Dhaka airport,” Bangladeshi Religious Affairs Secretary Anisur Rahman told Arab News.
“From next year, all Bangladeshi pilgrims will enjoy this pre-immigration system at Dhaka airport.”
Seventy immigration officials from Saudi Arabia are currently in Dhaka to accomplish pilgrims’ immigration tasks. Three Saudi organizations are working at Dhaka airport to accomplish these tasks.
At the airport, Saudi authorities have established 15 booths to serve pilgrims, who have to record 10-finger impressions in the Kingdom’s immigration database.
In addition, at the immigration counter officials take photographs of the pilgrims, Rahman said.
“The pre-immigration system was supposed to be launched from the first Hajj flight on July 4, but due to technical issues we couldn’t do that on the first day. However, things are now running very smoothly,” he added.
Abdul Kayum Bepari, a Bangladeshi pilgrim who completed his Saudi immigration formalities at Dhaka airport, told Arab News: “It’s an amazing experience. All immigration formalities were completed within a minute. When I performed Hajj in 2011, it took more than four hours for me to complete the immigration formalities at the Saudi airport.”
Bangladeshi pilgrim Sadek Ali told Arab News: “Everything is very disciplined. This pre-immigration system has truly eased the hassle of thousands of Bangladeshi pilgrims.”
Pilgrim Bulbuli Begum told Arab News: “My Saudi immigration formalities took only a few seconds to be completed.”
Pre-immigration support for Bangladeshi pilgrims will continue until the last Hajj flight, which is scheduled on Aug. 5.
“We’re trying to ensure maximum support and comfort to the pilgrims,” said a Saudi immigration official at Dhaka airport.
“They don’t even need to worry about luggage. Once the pilgrims land at a Saudi airport, they’ll immediately board hotel-bound buses and will receive their luggage at the hotel.”