2003 News Story

King Fahd hosts more pilgrims; boy scouts get ready for 1423 Hajj

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz has issued an order that 1,000 Muslims from South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Albania, Poland, Japan and Latin America are to be hosted at his own expense to perform the Hajj rituals this year. Since the start six years ago of the hosting program, which is carried out by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, King Fahd has hosted 7,455 pilgrims from 26 countries.

Meanwhile, the first training course has just been completed for about 1,500 boy scouts, who are being trained to help pilgrims at the holy sites during the Hajj season. Services to be offered include escorting pilgrims to buses at the Hajj airport terminal in Jeddah, traveling with them to Madinah and Makkah, assisting with settling into the camps, locating lost property, and generally ensuring the safety of the "guests of God".