1998 News Story

Ongoing preparations for 1418 Hajj

Minister of Pilgrimage Dr. Mahmoud Safar today stated that all the necessary arrangements had been made for the reception of pilgrims and their provision with the best possible services, including his Ministry's supervision of all activities of the various non-governmental guidance agencies, with the aim of solving any dispute that might arise between them and the pilgrims they serve. Dr. Safar went on to say that the Ministry had linked the center for missing persons run by the guidance agencies with its computer network at King Abdul Aziz International Airport, the Islamic Port in Jeddah, and all other entry points.

Meanwhile, Governor of Makkah Province Prince Majed Ibn Abdul Aziz chaired a meeting today to review all programs for this years' pilgrimage season set up by the Saudi Red Crescent, the Municipality of Makkah, the Ministry of Commerce, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, and the Islamic Port of Jeddah.

On Saturday, it was announced that the number of pilgrims who had already arrived from overseas by Friday, March 13, amounted to 197,014, of whom 586 came by land, 111 by sea, and the rest by air.