Behind the Saudi security uniform … a kind word and a helping hand

Behind the Saudi security uniform … a kind word and a helping hand
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Muslims from across the world are gathering in Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. (SPA)
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Many pilgrims voiced their thanks. (SPA)
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Offering directions to the lost and help to the young were just two of the roles carried out by Saudi security forces and volunteers as worshippers’ welfare took top priority. (SPA)
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Soaring temperatures proved a major challenge for security forces and medical volunteers keeping a watchful eye on pilgrims’ welfare. (SPA)
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Offering directions to the lost and help to the young were just two of the roles carried out by Saudi security forces and volunteers as worshippers’ welfare took top priority. (SPA)
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Offering directions to the lost and help to the young were just two of the roles carried out by Saudi security forces and volunteers as worshippers’ welfare took top priority. (SPA)
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Offering help to the young was just one of the roles carried out by Saudi security forces and volunteers as worshippers’ welfare took top priority. (SPA)
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Offering help to the young was just one of the roles carried out by Saudi security forces and volunteers as worshippers’ welfare took top priority. (SPA)
Updated 23 August 2018

Behind the Saudi security uniform … a kind word and a helping hand

Behind the Saudi security uniform … a kind word and a helping hand
  • Medical teams were especially vigilant, with 9,000 pilgrims receiving emergency aid from Mina hospital in just four days

MINA: Their mission is the safety and security of every pilgrim — but safety and security take many forms. Which is why the Saudi security forces on duty at the Hajj this year could be seen carrying out a raft of tasks, from helping the disabled, pushing wheelchairs and providing directions to anyone who was lost, to comforting children and spraying cool water over pilgrims’ heads as temperatures soared past 40 C. And as if that weren’t enough, they also oversaw the birth of nine babies.
Mohammed Al-Shaidi, from Hafar Al-Batin, who is with the emergency services, told Arab News it was a privilege to assist guests during their pilgrimage.
Another worker, Khalid Al-Majrashi, said that his 70-strong team of volunteers had come from Gazan to help the pilgrims.
Jameela, a pilgrim from Indonesia who was performing the ritual with her family, was thankful for the help of the special emergency forces as they helped to transport her mother via wheelchair to the first-aid center in Mina after she twisted her ankle.
Owais, from Pakistan, said there was nothing better for fighting off the heat than to be sprayed by water while walking among thousands of pilgrims during a hot August day performing his Hajj ritual. “I am truly thankful for all the efforts that I have witnessed by all the service men and women from the Kingdom,” he said.
Nabeela, from Senegal, said she had heard about the services provided during Hajj, but had never realized how many men, women and facilities were provided. “When you come to Makkah you fully appreciate what Saudi Arabia does for Muslims around the world,” she said. Bilal, 32, from England, who was performing his second Hajj, said he was very impressed at the expansion of Makkah. “The last time I was here, I was 15 years old and came with my family; to me, Makkah and the holy sites seem like a new and different place.”

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