The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has completed its full preparations to welcome this season. This is part of its continuous efforts to provide the highest possible services for Umrah performers. This is because hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flock, from almost all parts of the world to the Holy Land, to perform Umrah rituals during the holy month.
In spite of many strict precautionary measures, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah prepared to receive pilgrims from around the world starting on March 23.
As nearly 4,000 workers work to sterilize the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, gardens, and outdoor facilities, more than 10 times a day, using high-quality disinfectants and perfumes, according to the ministry’s data.
The Ministry had expected a significant increase in the number of pilgrims during the Umrah season of Ramadan 2023, and the reason for this may be due to the ongoing preparations by some countries to send their pilgrims to the Holy Land to perform the rituals of Umrah during the month of Ramadan.
These countries include Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Egypt, UAE, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Uzbekistan, Libya…and others.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has launched many electronic platforms to facilitate the arrival of foreign pilgrims in the lands of the Kingdom. These platforms enable foreign pilgrims to perform the rituals of Umrah and visit the Prophet’s Mosque with ease and ease. This comes within the framework of the ministry’s plan to develop and improve the services provided to pilgrims.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is keen to expand digital services. This will enable us to provide the most enjoyable experience for pilgrims coming from all over the world, and perhaps this was evident in previous seasons.
Where many electronic vehicles appeared for transportation, and many robots specialized in sterilization and guidance, in addition to the robot for recitations, speeches, and calls to prayer.
In this regard, His Excellency Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Minister of Hajj and Umrah, stated that the rational government, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and his trustworthy Crown Prince – may God protect them – is keen to facilitate all procedures and develop all legislation that enables the largest possible number of Muslims around the world to visit the holy places and perform rituals during the Umrah season of Ramadan 2023.
Over the past two years, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has achieved many achievements. These achievements would facilitate pilgrims and Umrah performers coming from all over the world, and provide them with the highest possible services.
The “Nesk platform” contributed to facilitating the planning of the Hajj and Umrah trip, and the completion of the purchase of all services through electronic platforms and smart devices. In addition, the Haramain Express Train shortened the journey between Makkah and Madinah to two hours.
Moreover, the ministry has equipped more than 100 heritage sites in Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah to enrich the experience of the guests of Rahman, and to cancel the requirement of a forbidden woman for Umrah and Hajj.
Not only that, but the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah also provided an opportunity for competition between companies specialized in providing services to pilgrims to reduce costs for them, and raise the quality of services provided.
The Ministry also facilitates the arrival of pilgrims from all over the world with all types of visas, the latest of which is the “transit” visa, which allows entry to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 4 days.
On February 9, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah launched the unified government platform “Nesk Hajj”, to facilitate the procedures for the arrival of pilgrims from all over the world to perform rituals during the current year, and to raise the quality of services provided to them, to enrich their religious and cultural experience, and to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s vision programs. 2030.
According to the ministry, the “Nesk Hajj” platform allows pilgrims coming from Europe, America, and Australia – in more than 58 countries around the world – the possibility of registration, reservation, electronic payment within easy and convenient electronic procedures, and selection of service packages, such as housing, subsistence, flight and guidance, transportation.
This is in addition to identifying, through the platform, the countries included in the first phase of the launch.