As the season attracts a high influx of Umrah pilgrims from all around the world, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Al-Bassami, the Director of Public Security (Saudia Arabia), has emphasized the importance of booking an appointment on the Nusuk or Tawakkalna applications for performing Umrah. He highlighted that adhering to the appointment dates is crucial to ensure the smooth organization of the pilgrimage. Al-Bassami reassured them that there are enough available appointments to accommodate the pilgrims.
Appointment System For Umrah
Some doubts remain regarding the appointment system’s ability to accommodate the large number of pilgrims aspiring to perform Umrah this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Umrah package prices have also skyrocketed, making it difficult for thousands of pilgrims to plan the Umrah package from Pakistan.
Allocation Of The Mataf
During a press conference, Al-Bassami informed the commanders of the Umrah security forces in Makkah that the entire mataf has been allocated to the pilgrims in coordination with the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques. He stated that the first floor, third Saudi expansion, and external courtyards of the Grand Mosque, as well as the roof of the mataf, have been allocated for worshipers this year.
Crowd Management Mechanisms
To ensure maximum safety, Al-Bassami mentioned that the entry and exit passages of the Grand Mosque have been reorganized. He added that the First Ring Road would be fully utilized to implement crowd management mechanisms and separate vehicles from pedestrians.
Umrah Security Plans
Al-Bassami also announced that the Umrah security plans are ready for implementation, with the support and guidance of Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif. He warned that the law would be strictly applied to the perpetrators of negative phenomena, especially beggars, as the Grand Mosque and its squares were designated solely for worship.
Safety Plans By Civil Defense
The Acting Director of Civil Defense, Al-Faraj, announced the completion of security and safety plans to receive pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque during Umrah. He mentioned that the General Directorate of Civil Defense carried out approximately 5000 inspection tours during the last two months to ensure the completion of necessary permits and other requirements for residences and facilities used by pilgrims.
In conclusion, while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create obstacles for Umrah pilgrims, the authorities have taken measures to ensure maximum safety and smooth organization during this season. With proper planning and adherence to the appointment system, pilgrims can perform their Umrah with ease and peace of mind.