Prince of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, in the presence of his deputy, Prince Badr bin Sultan, witnessed the issuance of the first smart Hajj card for the Hajj season this year 1442 AH.
That came during his inspection visit to the holy sites. For the first time, technology will be used to serve the pilgrims throughout their faith journey.
The Governor of Makkah Al-Mukarramah inaugurated the Security Control Center project in Al-shumaisi, supervised by the Region Development Authority.
It is located on an area of 1.6 million square meters and was supported by smart systems on the sorting and inspection paths and a unified digital portal that facilitates traffic.
It reduces the waiting time for arrivals to Makkah during the seasons and peak times from 45 minutes to 7 minutes. Vehicle transit lanes were also increased from 6 lanes to 16 lanes designated for buses, vehicles, trucks, and others for emergencies.
The centre also contains:
- Administrative offices.
- A mosque.
- A civil defence centre.
- A centre for the Red Crescent.
- A building for security and government agencies.
In the presence of Dr Abdul-Fattah Mashat, Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Al-Faisal launched the Welcome and Reception Center project in Al-Zaydi. It intends to improve the visual appearance of the sorting sites while also facilitating pilgrim transit to and from Makkah Al-Mukarramah and reducing the waiting time for buses carrying them.
The Governor of the Makkah Al-Mukarramah region witnessed the issuance of the first Hajj smart card. He listened to a description of its features, including how it is linked to all services given to pilgrims, such as accessing camps, utilising modes of transportation, and staying in hotels, and how it is used to make payments at points of sale. They also aid in the direction of missing pilgrims, the control of camp entrance, and the timing of gathering and transportation.
After that, the Prince of Makkah moved to Arafat and Mina, where he visited a camp model to receive Rahman’s guests.