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The first delegations of pilgrims arrives to Grand Mosque

BY Marwa Mahmoud

MAKKA: Over more than six months, with the exception of Hajj, Makkah’s Grand Mosque opened its doors to the first group of pilgrims performing Umrah in a welcoming sign of a new beginning.

In order to satisfy a quota of 6,000 pilgrims per day, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has prepared five meeting points, where pilgrims can meet and join health professionals on buses to the Grand Mosque.

To welcome the first arrivals, thermal cameras will be placed at the entrances and inside halls of the Grand Mosque to monitor body temperature spikes and issue alerts if necessary.

The plan was devised at the start of the pandemic to ensure visitor safety and allow a rapid response to potential virus cases.

Air-conditioning systems have also been equipped with ultraviolet sanitizing technology, while crews will maintain an air filter cleaning schedule nine times a day in three different stages.