Pakistan

24/7 Transportation Plan for Pakistani Hajj Pilgrims in Makkah Launched

The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony of Pakistan has taken a major step forward by initiating a 24-hour transportation plan to improve the Hajj experience for pilgrims from Pakistan. This initiative, involving a fleet of 300 luxury buses, aims to transport the pilgrims directly from their residences to the Haram Sharif in Makkah.

The bus service, available 24/7, is designed to provide flexibility to the Hajj pilgrims, allowing them to travel at their convenience. This initiative is expected to alleviate the inconvenience faced by the pilgrims, enabling them to focus on their worship and spiritual journey.

To ensure efficient and organized transportation, bus stops have been constructed at four entry points surrounding the Haram. These designated stops will serve as pick-up and drop-off locations for the pilgrims, thereby ensuring a smooth flow of traffic and minimizing congestion in the area.

To further enhance the travel experience, the government has assigned guides to assist pilgrims throughout their journey. These guides will help the pilgrims navigate through their designated routes, ensuring that they reach their destination without any difficulties. They will also provide valuable information and support to address any concerns or queries the pilgrims may have.

Last week, two planes of Saudi Airlines landed at the King Abdulaziz International Airport carrying 720 intending Pakistani Hajj pilgrims from Karachi and Islamabad under the Road to Makkah Initiative. The pilgrims were greeted with a warm welcome, showered with rose petals, and presented with bouquets, drinks, dry fruits, and a variety of dates.

Under the Road to Makkah initiative, the passengers directly left their hotels avoiding long queues at the immigration counters, and their luggage was shifted automatically to their hotel residences. From May 24 to June 9, as many as 114 flights will be operating to airlift 34,422 Pakistanis from their major cities to Jeddah.

In related news, the Pakistan Hajj Mission in Makkah has been organizing daily orientation for the Mouavineen to keep them prepared for better service delivery during Hajj days. This is to make the pilgrims’ stay at Mina, Muzdalifa, and Arafat comfortable and hassle-free.

Also, the Saudi Ministry of Interior has introduced a digital identity service for Hajj visa holders in the 2024 season. This service allows pilgrims to electronically verify their identities using the Absher and Tawakkalna platforms. This initiative aims to simplify pilgrims’ journeys, enhance service quality, and improve overall experiences by providing seamless identity verification.

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