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British delegation praises facilities provided by Saudi Arabia during Hajj 2018

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As Hajj 2018 comes to an end, this year has revealed further improvements by the Saudi authorities to support the wellbeing and experience of the pilgrims, according to a statement released by the British Hajj Delegation (BHD).

“The 2030 Vision for the Kingdom is gradually coming to life as the Saudi local authorities enhance and develop new facilities to udate the welfare of pilgrims from around the world,” said the statement.

British Hajj Delegation, the original and largest British Hajj organization that has provided on the ground medical care with NHS doctors in Mecca and Mina during Hajj, has commended the way Saudi Authorities have ensured the health and wellbeing of pilgrims.

Dr Shamsuz Zaman, a General Practitioner and BHD officer in Mecca this year, said “that following a sandstorm last Sunday the local authorities reacted efficiently and effectively to avoid injuries to pilgrims but also to ensure their experience was not affected”.

Dr Mohammed Jiva MBE, a GP and CEO of BHD, highlighted that the delegation is opening a new unit to explore and address Hajj fraud within the UK as well as a new research unit.

Dr Jiva said that “the experience of Hajj is an event that has a profound lifelong impact on the mental wellbeing of an individual and to be defrauded can have mental scars for life. BHD will support UK-based agencies to address fraud and ensure long-term mental wellbeing from a highly spiritual event.”