2006 News Story

Hajj pilgrims ascend Arafat, move on to Muzdalifah

On the first day of this year’s Hajj, pilgrims successfully moved from Mina to the plains of Arafat, then on to Muzdalifah. Helicopters flying overhead monitored the traffic, and Saudi authorities deployed along the roads ensured a smooth passage for the pilgrims. At the various locations, pilgrims were provided with water, electricity, health services and food.

Chief of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, who also serves as Vice Governor of Makkah Province, said that thanks to the efforts of the Saudi authorities, the pilgrims ascended to Arafat from Mina in record time.

In related news, Saudi Red Crescent helicopters airlifted three patients to Makkah’s Al-Noor Specialist Hospital for urgent medical treatment. Two of the patients were suffering from heart problems, while the third had traffic-related injuries.