Makkah police unveil Ramadan security plan

August 27, 2008

Special security plans will be implemented to ensure the safety and comfort of pilgrims in Makkah during the month of Ramadan, the Jeddah-based Arab News reported today.

“More than 6,700 security personnel would be helping the local police at different locations in Makkah particularly at peak hours, " Lt. Gen. Saeed Al-Qahtani, director of Public Safety, said at a press conference at the Public Security Training City in Makkah yesterday. The plan includes a ban on traffic on roads surrounding the Grand Mosque shortly before and after prayers, transporting pilgrims in buses from parking areas at city’s entry points to the Grand Mosque and assigning security tasks to patrol teams.”

“We intend to ask pilgrims to park their vehicles outside the city at special locations and then go on to the Grand Mosque by buses, " Lt. Gen. Al-Qahtani said.

He added that policemen would supervise the operations at the bus stops so that pilgrims are taken to the Grand Mosque without delay or difficulty, he added.