Saudi Arabia recruits over 350,000 for Hajj pilgrim management
Saudi Red Crescent Authority has reportedly deployed more than 119 advanced rescue teams
Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, chairman of the Hajj Central Committee, advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and governor of Makkah, has said that Saudi Arabia’s Hajj authorities have employed more than 350,000 people from various sectors in the kingdom in a bid to better manage Hajj pilgrims.
Al-Faisal revealed that more than 1.64 million Hajj pilgrims had arrived in the kingdom as of 5 August, 2019, a report by UAE’s state-held news agency Wam, quoting Saudi Press Agency reported.
According to Al-Faisal, more than 329,000 non-holders of Hajj permits had been denied entry to the Holy site, with the authorities having also blocked over 144,000 vehicles for not holding permits.
Additionally, Saudi Red Crescent Authority has deployed more than 119 advanced rescue teams, covering the areas of Makkah, the Grand Holy Mosque and Holy Sites as part of the annual Hajj and Umrah visits.
In July 2019, Makkah Municipality had recruited 23,100 workers to implement its Hajj programme, with the authority having also procured temporary health monitors and a large fleet of equipment and machines for the holy period.