Saudi Arabia assigns 4,900 scouts to serve hajj pilgrims
The car, which is still in good condition, will roam Mina and Arafat and provide necessary services to pilgrims
Around 4,900 scouts will serve pilgrims in the Holy Sites and Madinah, according to the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association (SASA) secretary general.
The scouts will help pilgrims who get lost find their way to their camps and assist the elderly and children, said Dr. Abdullah Al-Fahad. There are 20 mobile centers for scouts all over the Holy Sites.
The scouts support officials of the ministries of hajj, health, and municipal and rural affairs in their work and perform various tasks. They monitor the expiry date of food, check workers’ health cards and help organize the movement of pilgrims in the Holy Sites.
SASA said this year it would continue a 38-year-old tradition and use a vehicle that was manufactured back in 1976.
The car, which is still in good condition, will roam Mina and Arafat and provide necessary services to pilgrims.
For the past 38 years the vehicle has been used 45 days every year and after that it remains parked in SASA’s Riyadh headquarters.
Muhammad al-Anqari, who is in charge of transportation and hajj camps for SASA, said the reason the car is still in good condition is because employees take good care of all SASA property and never squander public money.
This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Sept. 30, 2014.