Mataf to use its entire capacity for Umrah pilgrims
Jeddah — Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, said that the studies underway would determine the number of pilgrims permitted for Hajj this year. The studies were done for the Ministry of Health to ensure the safety of Hajj and the pilgrims.
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Al-Rabiah spoke to Al-Arabiya Channel on the sidelines of the Hajj and Umrah Services Conference and Exhibition here on Monday. The minister emphasized that the pilgrim’s health and safety are the top priority of the authorities in the Kingdom.
Al-Rabiah announced that the Umrah pilgrimage would be allowed to its total capacity during the current season.
“The entire mataf (circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba) will be opened for the Umrah pilgrims. It will enable pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease and comfort. And this will be in coordination with the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques,”
— he said.
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The minister said that the Eatmarna application would reorganize the issuance of Umrah permits. It will enhance its efficiency to avoid crowding after it stopped issuing entry permits for prayers at the Two Holy Mosques.
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Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the emir of Makkah and advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, inaugurated the conference. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah organized the conference in cooperation with the Doyof Al-Rahman Program, a Saudi Vision 2030 program.