Muslims perform the Isha prayer at Masjidilharam during the holy month of Ramadan, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2023. Photo/SPA
RIYADH – More than 22 million pilgrims have visited Masjidilharam in Saudi Arabia during the first 20 days of Ramadan.
The report was revealed by the General President of Masjidilharam and Masjid Nabawi Sheikh Dr Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais.
“Sheikh Dr Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais said his party is following a detailed operational strategy to ensure a large number of pilgrims and pilgrims can visit the site and perform their rituals easily,” state news agency SPA reported.
Ramadan, which started on March 23, saw a large influx of Umrah pilgrims and Muslims to the holy sites in Saudi Arabia.
A detailed plan aimed at facilitating the experience of pilgrims during the last days of Ramadan and to ensure high-quality services came into force on Tuesday (11/4/2023).
The plan includes washing the Grand Mosque 10 times a day by more than 4,000 workers. More than 70 teams will also operate around the clock to clean the entire mosque area.
“Artificial intelligence technology will also be used to carry out disinfection operations at Masjidilharam,” explained Haidar.
He added that the 11 robots would perform this task for up to eight hours without human intervention.
The plan also provides around 8,000 vehicles, including 3,000 units that are powered by electricity, to transport the congregation from the parking lot to the place of worship. Pilgrims can order in advance through the Tanaqol application.
More than 160 staff members will be deployed at the doors of the Grand Mosque to facilitate the entry and exit of congregations and to assist with any inquiries.
Regarding maintenance, the Presidency has provided more than 90 engineers and technicians in the Grand Mosque and its courtyards where there are more than 200 electric escalators and 14 elevators.
The presidency urged pilgrims and Umrah performers to comply with all instructions at the Grand Mosque and noted that cooperation with security officers was necessary to maintain security and safety.