Makkah recruits 23,000 workers to serve pilgrims during Hajj

The plan includes monitoring municipal facilities in Makkah and its holy sites. (SPA)
Updated 26 July 2019

Makkah recruits 23,000 workers to serve pilgrims during Hajj

  • City takes steps to maintain hygiene, safety during pilgrimage period

MAKKAH: Makkah municipality has recruited over 23,000 workers to implement its plan for this year’s Hajj season, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The city’s mayor, Mohammed Abdullah Al-Quwaihis, said that all of the municipality’s sectors, departments, sub-municipalities and service centers were fully prepared.

Over 13,000 workers are now employed by the city to ensure its overall cleanliness, supplied with the latest equipment such as compressors, pumps and vacuum cleaners.

They will be on hand 24 hours a day, divided into several shifts and focusing on crowded areas. Central teams will be allocated to face any emergencies such as rain or fire. Electric waste pressers and solar energy boxes will be deployed.

In the field of environmental health, the municipality has set up teams and committees to monitor markets, food shops and restaurants. 

The teams will be responsible for testing food samples, confiscating damaged products, liaising with government agencies such as the street vendors distribution committee, the pricing committee, the water trucks sterilization committee and the food control committee, as well as slaughterhouses being driven to their highest operational capacity during the season, accepting over 15,000 cattle daily.

Thirty-two surveillance centers have been set up. Field trips and veterinary surveillance will be intensified to detect any epidemiological cases among animals and to ensure the safety of meat provided to pilgrims.

The plan also includes monitoring municipal facilities in Makkah and its holy sites, such as roads, tunnels, bridges, lighting, washrooms and flood drainage networks, as well as overseeing contractors to ensure the provision of outstanding services during the season.

Running and maintaining electrical and mechanical works in the tunnels of Makkah and its holy sites is also on the agenda. The tunnels number 58, with 39 control stations, 66,935 lighting units, 599 ventilation fans and 42 backup electric generators, with 40 water pumps and a high-pressure fire extinguishing system also in place.

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at