Saudi civil aviation authority to provide improved Hajj luggage services

Muslim pilgrims arrive at Jeddah airport in the Saudi capital on July 14,2018. (AFP)
Updated 17 August 2019

Saudi civil aviation authority to provide improved Hajj luggage services

  • The initiative will make it more convenient for pilgrims to travel and perform Hajj in the coming years
  • Saudi authorities also gave pre-departure immigration facility to pilgrims from a number of countries, including Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: After managing the world’s largest multicultural religious event involving more than 2.4 million Muslims from 130 countries, Saudi Arabia has taken a new initiative to offer improved Hajj luggage services to pilgrims.
According to a report published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Saturday, the initiative will begin its pilot phase within the next two days and will automatically organize luggage logistics before worshippers arrive at the airport.
The president of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi Al Mansouri, said the idea behind the plan was to improve pilgrims’ services by reducing waiting times at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah.
He added that the initiative would serve about 30,000 pilgrims in the first phase at the airports in Jeddah and Madinah. After this phase was completed, the service would expand to all pilgrims in airports throughout the country.
The Kingdom already extended a pre-departure immigration facility to pilgrims belonging to different countries, including Pakistan, under its ‘Road to Makkah’ program. It also deployed hundreds of young individuals who spoke different languages to assist people from various parts of the world at its airports in Makkah and Madinah.
Saudi Arabia also launched a number of cellphone apps to help pilgrims find emergency service centers, holy sites, currency exchange rates, restaurants and accommodations. Apart from that, it made it easier for people performing Hajj to carry Zamzam water back to their countries.
The new luggage facility at this stage will help people from Indonesia, India and Malaysia, according to the SPA report. It is also likely to make things more convenient for pilgrims to traveling to the Kingdom and performing Hajj in the coming years.


King Salman congratulates President Alvi on Pakistan’s Independence Day

Updated 13 August 2020

King Salman congratulates President Alvi on Pakistan’s Independence Day

  • The Saudi king wished the Pakistani president good health and prayed for the prosperity of Pakistani people
  • Saudi envoy in Islamabad also recorded an Independence Day message in Urdu that went viral on social media

ISLAMABAD: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sent a message of felicitation to Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi on Thursday, congratulating him on the 74th Independence Day of his country that will be celebrated on Friday.
The king reached out to the Pakistani head of the state on behalf of his government and people of Saudi Arabia, wishing him good health and praying for the progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki also recorded an Independence Day message in Urdu that went viral on social media. 

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always enjoyed cordial relations with each other. The Kingdom has been among of the biggest job providers to Pakistanis and the greatest source of foreign remittances for the South Asian nation.
The two countries have also witnessed leadership level exchanges since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government assumed the political leadership of Pakistan. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman undertook a high-profile visit to Islamabad in February 2019, and Prime Minister Imran Khan also went to the Kingdom several times during his tenure in the office.
The Saudi king and ambassadors are also among the first foreign leaders and envoys who have issued the Independence Day messages to congratulate the government and people of Pakistan.