Prince Khalid: We aim to host five mln pilgrims as part of developing project

Saudi Prince Khalid Al Faisal, governor of Mecca, president of Hajj Central Committee, in his press conference on Thursday. (Screen grab)

On the occasion of the Hajj process this year in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca city, Saudi Prince Khalid Al Faisal, governor of Mecca, president of Hajj Central Committee, said in a press conference on Thursday, that the total security personnel deployed reached 250,000, adding that the number of pilgrims without an entry permit reached 110,000.

Al Faisal added that more than 32,000 doctors and health practitioners were present in 135 health facilities.

The governor of Mecca said that Hajj Central Committee will adopt “Smart Hajj” as part of the Holy Sites development project, which will accommodate 5 million pilgrims.

He clarified that all pilgrims this year had an electronic bracelet for their safety.

Prince Khalid pointed out that he expects the project of developing the holy sites to be implemented by next year, and that Hajj Central Committee will start as of next week preparations for next year Hajj.

He praised the role of the media, which contributed to the success of Hajj season this year.

Prince Khalid Al Faisal added saying: “We are coordinating with more countries to implement the project of facilitating the entry process of pilgrims.”

He pointed out that the kingdom does not impose an age group on pilgrims from any country.

On Wednesday and in an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel that the “decline in the number of violations this year is a great success, compared to the numbers in previous years, which amounted to half of the number of pilgrims.” Read more
 

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