Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Region and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, has said the Saudi Government looks forward to implementing the Makkah Road Initiative in all the Islamic countries.
At a press conference here today, Al-Faisal said the Saudi leadership has always focused its attention on the comfort of Hajj pilgrims, noting that there a series of development projects that will be completed in the near future, the most important of which is to continue to work on making Makkah a smart city.
The prince revealed that the total number of pilgrims participating in this year's Hajj has reached 2,489,406 including 1,855,027 overseas pilgrims and 634,379 domestic pilgrims. He added that the number of regular pilgrims stood at 336,000, while the number of illegal pilgrims amounted to 298,379, representing a drop of 29 percent compared to the number of infiltrators in the previous year.
Al-Faisal said establishing the quotas for the number of pilgrims from each country was made unanimously among Muslim nations, pointing out that there are specific prices for each of the Hajj categories.
In a presentation of the services provided, Al-Faisal explained that 41 million cubic meters of water have been pumped to the holy places, half a million pilgrims have been provided with treatment services, and more than 25 million meals have been distributed by charitable organizations during the current Hajj season.
Al Faisal praised the efforts of the Hajj-related bodies that contributed to the success of the pilgrimage. He also honored the winners of the New Media Award in the coverage of the Hajj season 1440AH.
Source: International Islamic News Agency