2005 News Story

Saudi medical facilities gear up for this year’s hajj

In preparation for this year’s hajj, Saudi hospitals are geared up to provide medical services to pilgrims. Fourteen hospitals – seven in Makkah, four in Mina and three in Arafat – are ready with 2,000 beds for pilgrims in need of medical care. In addition, a fleet of 145 ambulances is ready to transport the ill from holy sites to the local hospitals.


Clinics have also been established in Jeddah and Madinah airports, and medical units have been set up in pilgrim gathering sites in Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah. There are also five dispensaries inside the Holy Mosque and a dispensary in each of Makkah’s six parking lots. Mobile medical units will also be available.

A total medical staff of 9,000 has been assembled to care for the pilgrims. More than two million pilgrims visit the holy sites in Saudi Arabia each year for the hajj.