The annual Hajj pilgrimage will tentatively start on Friday, August 8, depending on the sighting of the Dhul Hijjah crescent and will continue for six days.
By this time several million people will arrive in Makkah from all corners of the world will move around and between the holy precincts of the Grand Mosque, and the holy sites of Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat.
Chairing a meeting of the Central Haj Committee on Tuesday, Prince Khaled thanked all the parties involved in the Hajj services and he particularly appreciated the Authority for the Development of Makkah Region for the numerous projects it had implemented at the holy sites.
During the meeting, the Ministry of Haj and Umrah made a presentation about its plans for this year's Hajj season.
It said it has prepared 16 centres for guidance in Mina and Arafat and four centres for receiving and grouping the pilgrims.
The ministry said it has deployed as many as 2,250 of its employees to serve the pilgrims in addition to 29,000 employees of the 193 Hajj companies as well as 15,000 staff of the tawafa (Hajj guides) establishments.
The ministry said a fleet of 18,500 buses will be deployed to transport the pilgrims between the holy sites.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk