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Emir of Makkah Inaugurates 20th Scientific Forum for Hajj, Umrah Research

Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah, will open the 20th Scientific Forum for Hajj, Umrah and Visitation Research.

It is organized by Umm Al-Qura University represented by the institute under the slogan “Improving the Experience in the Guest’s Journey.” A platform for “Wafada” for electronic training will be inaugurated for those working in the service of the pilgrims, including military, civilians, volunteers, and the “Digital Repository for Research for Scientific Forums” platform.

The forum will be enriched by a number of princes, ministers, officials in the various sectors of the state, and a group of specialists and researchers, who review the most important initiatives and programs of government agencies aimed at facilitating the pilgrimage, and supporting decisions to improve the service for the guests.

 It aims to present the results of research and scientific studies related to the components of the experience of the Hajj and Umrah journey. It will shed light on the best practices in crowd management. Plus, it will create effective communication channels between the concerned parties and sectors related to serving the guests.

On its second day, the forum includes a ministerial session on the Kingdom’s success story in dealing with the Corona pandemic and its impact on the Hajj and Umrah journey.

The President of Umm al-Qura University, Dr. Maadi bin Muhammad Al Madhab affirmed that the Scientific Forum for Hajj, Umrah and Visitation Research enjoys throughout its history the constant support of His Highness the Prince of Makkah Al-Mukarramah.

The forum is an opportunity for researchers and specialists to present qualitative ideas, scientific studies and innovations to develop the Hajj and Umrah system and facilitate the pilgrimage and Umrah journey.

The Dean of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research, Dr. Basem Qadi, indicated that the forum will address over the course of two days three axes:-

 The first is about improving and developing the experience of the pilgrims through the services and facilities provided in the Hajj, Umrah, and activating the role of various cultural and scientific activities such as: trips and shopping, awareness and entertainment activities,

 The second axis discusses economic, environmental and social sustainability to increase domestic production while rationing consumption, studying pollution reduction and supporting ideas of clean energy.

 The third axis will deal with studies of increasing the capacity of facilities and infrastructure, by increasing space and use.

He stated that the themes will be discussed during 15 scientific sessions in which researchers and speakers will deliberate 38 topics on improving the experience of the pilgrim, the Umrah and the visitors.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research called on those wishing to register for the forum to enter through the following link: http://hajj.uqu.edu.sa/multaqa/20/, and to attend the forum on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCe858hH4wPi7unyyizstxhA .

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