The Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Al-Mukarramah Region, and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, announced that due to the Corona pandemic, one million pilgrims will perform the Hajj this year, including 150,000 from inside and 850,000 from abroad.
He pointed out that there is a project to develop the infrastructure and the area surrounding Al-Rahma Mountain on an area of 200,000 square meters as a first stage, which includes the construction of public parking for buses and cars, in addition to lighting the mountain and the surrounding area.
The Prince added that the Ministry of Health has prepared 18 hospitals in Makkah and the Holy Sites with a capacity of more than 3,700 beds, supported by 171 health centers in addition to field hospitals and hospitals in Jeddah and Taif.
He continued: “About water, the target is to pump about 20 million cubic meters of water during the month of Dhul-Hijjah.”
He also explained that 35 trains, each with a capacity of 417 passengers, were equipped to transport pilgrims between Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Jeddah by 30 trips per day, which can be increased, while the Al-Mashair train will transport 210,000 pilgrims, and the 16,000 modern buses have been provided to transport 790,000 pilgrims.
During his inspection tour of the holy sites, the Emir of Makkah Al-Mukarramah region visited the development projects in Makkah, most notably the development of the area surrounding the Mount of Rahma and the development of the infrastructure in the Arafat area, the developed tents in the Mina area and Muzdalifah.
He listened to an explanation of the project to develop the area surrounding Jabal al-Rahma, with an area of 200,000 square meters, which includes the sites of government agencies, lighting Jabal al-Rahma and the surrounding area, developing the infrastructure with green spaces and a restaurant area.
He also listened to an explanation of the comprehensive services center “Taslim”, which aims to review and approve the process of preparing the camps, raising the efficiency of operation and service, and providing services to pilgrims.
At the end of the tour, the Emir of Makkah, Khalid Al-Faisal, chaired the meeting of the Central Hajj Committee in Muzdalifah, and listened to an explanation of the authorities’ preparations to serve the pilgrims for Hajj in 1443 AH.
This came when he inspected the holy sites to closely monitor the preparations for receiving the pilgrims and chair the meeting of the Central Hajj Committee in Mina.