BD pilgrims to ‘benefit from Makkah Route Initaitive’
The Saudi Embassy in the capital on Monday said the recently introduced 'Makkah Route Initiative' provides pilgrims relief from trouble of waiting on arrival at the Kingdom's entry points.
The service provided by the 'Initiative' are the pilgrims who enter the Kingdom's ports, will leave immediately after disembarkation from planes to the buses waiting for them to take them to the residential areas and receive their belongings without waiting at the port of entry, according to a press release.
The number of countries that implement the 'Makkah Route Initiative' procedures at their airports has increased from Malaysia and Indonesia during the pilgrimage season 1439H to five countries in the 1440H season with the accession of Tunisia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, said the Embassy.
The number of pilgrims benefiting from the services of 'Makkah Route Initiative' has increased from 103,000 pilgrims during the previous season 1439H to more than 225,000 during this Hajj season 1440H.
The 'Makkah Route Initiative' reduces the waiting period for pilgrims who are not included in the programme at the arrival points of the Kingdom where the benefitted pilgrims leave their checking points via electronic paths allocated to them, which reduces the overcrowding and delay of procedures.
'Makkah Route Initiative' is one of the initiatives being implemented within the National Transition 2020 programmes to achieve the 'Vision 2030' of the Kingdom to improve the quality of services provided to guests of Almighty Allah facilitating their performance (Manasik) and progress of shortening their time and efforts in a couple of countries.
The services provided by the 'Makkah Route Initiative' at the departure points of their countries which include issuance of Hajj visas, taking of vital measures, checking the availability of health requirements, procedures for termination of travel, sorting and coding of belongings.