In a press conference on Thursday, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, said that no pilgrim had been identified as having epidemic diseases during Hajj.
On the same occasion, Prince Khaled also expressed his gratitude to God Almighty for allowing His guests to gather at the Holy Place to spend Hajj 2022 without any of them having an accident or suffering from epidemic diseases.
Welcomed by the Deputy Emir of Makkah, Prince Badr Bin Sultan, and a number of senior military and civilian officials, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has arrived in Mina to follow up on Saudi Arabia’s Hajj operations and to review the services rendered to pilgrims during this year’s Hajj in person in the field.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who also serves as Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, also expressed his gratitude and deep appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for providing material and human capabilities who have served and enabled the pilgrims to perform their rituals in ease and tranquillity.
Prince Khaled further explained that after two years of annual pilgrimages being held in limited numbers, the Kingdom decided to increase the number of pilgrims to one million people amid an integrated service system aimed at facilitating their Hajj rituals and safeguarding their safety.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal also expressed his gratitude to all parties involved in the service of the Hajj pilgrims, especially the volunteers, who have set a unique example in serving Allah’s guests.
The Emir of Makkah announced that the number of field workers and security officers involved in serving Allah’s guests in the 2022 Hajj season is more than 150,000 people. Meanwhile, violators of residency laws and border security regulations from various countries who were arrested in Makkah for trying to enter the Holy Places to perform Hajj without permission numbered more than 2,500 violators.
A total of 19 vehicles transporting violators of hajj regulations were also confiscated, as well as the termination of 76 fake hajj campaigns.
According to Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, more than 111,000 violators and more than 68,000 vehicles have been repatriated to their respective countries for having tried to enter Makkah without permission.
On the other hand, as many as 210,000 pilgrims will be transported by Mashaer Train, and another 790,000 pilgrims will be transported by 160,000 modern buses.