Mecca authorities fully prepared to meet needs of Hajj pilgrims

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Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince of Mecca Region and Chairman of Makkah Region Development Authority, have approved the operational plan of the Mecca Region Development Authority for the Hajj season 1439H.

The Authority has recruited about 14,000 employees and more than 400 mechanics to serve Hajj pilgrims this year.

The plan aims to increase the performance of the projects supervised by the Commission with the holy sites and improve them, namely operating the train for the holy sites, the Jamarat plant, the maintenance and operation of rest rooms in the holy sites, the water hydration project Saqya for the pilgrims of the House of God, along with monitoring the capacities of the Hajj season and establishing a database of Hajj services with a regular update.

Jalal bin Abdul Jalil Kaaki, the official spokesman of the Authority, said that the plan was prepared under the supervision of the Emir of Mecca Region and his deputy, and will be in line with the new projects implemented by the Commission this year in holy sites, in addition to past projects.

The commission will supervise the mechanism of operation of these projects to ensure the best service to the pilgrims of the House of God.

Kaaki said that the operation plan depends on continuous and ongoing coordination with all relevant parties, especially the security sector.

The Secretary-General of the Authority who is in charge of the supervision of the pilgrimage season, Dr. Hisham Bin Abdulrahman al-Faleh, is keen to coordinate the efforts of all concerned bodies to ensure a successful Hajj season.

He pointed out that the Authority has recruited all administrative and technical cadres of about 14,000 employees in addition to more than 400 mechanics to implement the operational plan.

They have put in place specific mechanisms for implementation on the ground and made sure that all projects are ready to provide their services to pilrims indicating that the operational plan this year includes overseeing the work of service projects for the pilgrims in the holy sites, the first of which is supervising the operation of the train to holy sites, which is expected to take them from Mina on the eighth day of Dhu al-Hijjah to Arafat and back, while the total number of pilgrims who will be transported by rain during the days of Al-Tashreeq is expected to be around more than 2 million pilgrims.

Throwing stones

He pointed out that the Jamarat plant focuses on the facilities preparation in receiving the pilgrims during the throwing of the stones, in addition to the maintenance and operation of the related projects connected to the Jamarat plant as well as the projects related to the facility and the readiness of the infrastructure.

The plan also includes ensuring the readiness of the rest rooms in the holy sites with 36,000 rest rooms ready during Hajj.

Through its operational plan, the Authority also oversees the project of providing water in the holy sites, where more than 600 water coolers have been placed at cooling and sterilizing stations. The Saqya commission supervises and maintains these water coolers. It is estimated to produce more than 700 cubic meters per hour.