Plans in place for safety of Makkah Grand Mosque visitors

A view of the security monitoring center at the Grand Mosque in Makkah. (SPA file photo)
Updated 06 May 2019
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Plans in place for safety of Makkah Grand Mosque visitors

MAKKAH: The General Security Aviation Command is deploying all capacities to serve pilgrims and visitors to Makkah’s Grand Mosque during the Umrah season in the holy month of Ramadan. 

These measures are part of a comprehensive plan in coordination with the security, health and services authorities.  The command has started carrying out daily sorties in the skies over the Grand Mosque, including surrounding areas, routes leading to it, and the highway leading to Makkah.

The command’s tasks include monitoring air and ground traffic, first-aid services, and providing logistical support to governmental bodies. Recorded data is transferred to relevant authorities to be processed properly. Aircraft are participating in mock drills to address potential accidents, and will be working 24/7 to ensure pilgrims’ security.

The security plan for the mosque has three main aspects: Organizational, for managing and controlling crowds; security, to protect pilgrims and ensure their safety; and humanitarian, focusing on assistance for the elderly, the sick, children and those who get lost. 


Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

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Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Bassam Ghulman has been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.

Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.

Ghulman serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.

Ghulman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

He has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.

Ghulman is a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.

He recently met with members of the transport sector at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

Ghulman said the meeting was in line with the ministry’s vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.