Makkah (UNA-OIC) – The first batch of Hajj pilgrims arrived Saturday morning in Makkah Grand Mosque to perform Tawaf al-Qudum (Entering Tawaf), amid great preparations made by the General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque for the guest of Al-Rahman.
The presidency has harnessed all the capabilities and provided all the means of comfort for the pilgrims, while applying precautionary measures and physical distancing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director of the General Department for Crowds Management at the Grand Mosque Eng. Osama bin Mansour Al-Hujaili explained that preparations have been made to receive the pilgrims upon their arrival at the Grand Mosque on 7th Dhul-Hijjah to perform Tawaf al-Qudum on the floors of the Mataf and Masa. He added that the sites, which can accommodate about 11,000 people, have been prepared for organizing the pilgrims’ entry to the floors of the Mataf area.
Al-Hujaili indicated that more than 500 employees have been mobilized to receive pilgrims since the morning of 7th Dhul-Hijjah to enter the Grand Mosque through three gathering points (Kudai, Shubaika and Ajyad points) to perform Tawaf al-Qudum. He stated that after performing their rituals, the pilgrims shall leave the mosque through Al Marwa Gate, while maintaining physical distancing.