Makkah Emir to UNA: Hajj Development Plan to be implemented next yearAugust 23, 2018
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah, advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, announced that the preliminary study of an integrated project for the development of Makkah and the holy sites, in accordance with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, has been completed, and will be implemented as soon as it got approval.
Speaking to the Union of OIC News Agencies, he said: “We have an integrated project for the development of Makkah and the holy sites. The preliminary study was completed, and it was submitted to the Royal Commission of Makkah and the Holy Sites. I expect works on the project would begin at the beginning of next year, and we will prepare a miniature model for the project’s vision in the nearest future.”
The governor thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Saud Bin Naif, who is also chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, and all those who provided their services to the pilgrims.
He conveyed his best regards to the pilgrims, wishing for their safe return. He also thanked the media for their decisive role in covering Hajj’s rituals, saying: The media is a fundamental element in the development of Hajj projects, as it warns the government of its errors and shortcomings, which helps us in avoiding them next year.
Al-Faisal provided some figures with regard to this year’s pilgrimage: more than 250,000 civilain and armed personnel participated in serving pilgrims; Only 110,000 people performed Hajj without a permit, a massive decrease from 1,400,000 people in 2012; 360,000 pilgrims were transported by Al Mashair Metro Train while the rest were transported by 18,000 buses; 32,000 doctors and medical staff participated in the season; 5,000 beds were provided in 25 hospitals in Makkah and the holy sites, 135 health centers and 106 medical teams were there to serve pilgrims; the total electric power load was 17,791 Mega Watts; 40 million meter cubes of water were provided; while 23,000 engineers were on duty.
Al-Faisal expressed his country’s aspiration to complete Smart Hajj Project, which would utilize technology in all aspects of the pilgrimage.
He also noted that the Kingdom plans to be able to host 5 million pilgrims by the year 2030.
On the performance of Haj by Qatari pilgrims, the governor said that the Kingdom welcomed all pilgrims of Qatar and hoped that the Qatari government would facilitate their arrival to the holy places. “But unfortunately, Qatar prevented its citizens from performing Haj. However, we welcomed those who managed to arrive in the Kingdom, and they are now with us performing Hajj rituals,” he said adding that 86,000 pilgrims arrived from Iran.
Source: International Islamic News Agency