Developing cities to serve Hajj and Umrah on agenda of Makkah Cultural Forum

The forum will be held under the slogan of “How to be Role Model” and implemented with the cooperation of 100 governmental and private entities. (SPA)
Updated 19 September 2018
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Developing cities to serve Hajj and Umrah on agenda of Makkah Cultural Forum

  • Prince Khaled encouraged youth in universities, schools and officials in the government and civil sectors to participate in serving pilgrims
  • Prince Khaled underlined the need for focusing research, studies and workshops on ways of developing this service

JEDDAH: “How to develop our cities to serve Hajj and Umrah” will be the theme of the third edition of the Makkah Cultural Forum.

The forum will be held under the slogan of “How to be Role Model” and implemented with the cooperation of 100 governmental and private entities, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal,  governor of the Makkah region, said on Wednesday.

Prince Khaled has adopted the Makkah Cultural Excellence Award for the current year’s theme, stressing the importance of improving services to pilgrims and developing the cities of Makkah, Jeddah and Taif, as well as the rest of the provinces, to present a civilized and smart Islamic image of the Kingdom.

He encouraged youth in universities, schools and officials in the government and civil sectors to participate in serving pilgrims. 

He underlined the need for focusing research, studies and workshops on ways of developing this service. 

“We must strive to introduce ourselves to the world in a modern and civilized way, especially since God has bestowed upon us the honor of serving pilgrims,” he said.

The Makkah Cultural Forum, launched by the governor of the Makkah region two years ago, succeeded in unifying the cultural and humanitarian works of the government and private sectors in the region around a single vision and a positive concept. The forum’s aim was to build humanity in the Makkah region.

It also followed a strategy that prioritizes the importance of building strong Saudi citizens who are able to improve their homeland and the civilization of their country.

What distinguishes the Makkah Cultural Forum is its adoption of an annual theme from which events, activities and programs draw their spirit and identity.


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


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The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.