2003 News Story

Makkah Governor inspects preparations for Hajj 1423

Governor of Makkah Province Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdulaziz, who also chairs the Hajj Central Committee, conducted a tour of inspection of the Holy Sites today, and gave assurances that all authorities concerned with Hajj affairs have completed their preparations to provide the best of services for the pilgrims. New projects, he said, have been implemented for the purpose of achieving greater comfort and ease for the pilgrims' performance of the rituals.

Meanwhile, Minister of Islamic affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Shaikh Saleh Al-Ash-Shaikh has approved the general plan prepared by the general secretariat of Islamic awareness, to enlighten pilgrims and direct them in the proper way of performing the rituals. There will be 600 Islamic callers, 140 translators, 144 ministry employees, 57 drivers and 127 other helpers participating in carrying out the plan.

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) expects to transport a total of 141,872 pilgrims from the United States and Europe, with flights from New York and Washington as well as London, Paris, and fifteen other European airports, including for the first time Manchester, Birmingham, Lyon, Marseilles and Nice. In all, 893,702 pilgrims will travel on SAA during this year's Hajj season, from 70 locations worldwide. In addition, SAA will transport pilgrims from inside the Kingdom, on 1,754 flights.