MAKKAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah has introduced a new initiative to prevent losing children. The initiative involves distributing wristbands to children who are visiting the holy site with their parents.
The wristbands display the child’s name and their parents’ contact details. This will help authorities locate the parents in case the child gets separated. Khalid bin Fahad Al-Shalawi, the undersecretary-general for social, voluntary and humanitarian services at the presidency, said that the initiative supports parents and children to perform their rituals peacefully.
The smart wristbands have contributed to the comfort of visitors at the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, which has provided them with adequate and satisfactory service to perform their rituals peacefully. The initiative has been welcomed by families who used to be very concerned about visiting the Grand Mosque with their children.
The initiative has also included specialized kindergartens supervised by the Ministry of Education in hotels adjacent to the Grand Mosque. The kindergartens are monitored by authorities and have security cameras.
The authority has extensive experience in guiding lost visitors. It has found lost children in record times thanks to the significant presence of security personnel in very corner of the Two Holy Mosques.