Over 200 Haram doors to be left open during Haj

ISLAMABAD: More than 200 doors of the Grand Mosque, including the King Abdulaziz Gate, will be thrown open to facilitate the movement of pilgrims as the Haj season peaks.

Abdullah Al-Tumaih, director of the department of doors at the Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, said doors near the King Abdulaziz Gate which have been closed to complete the third stage of the mataf expansion project would be open to facilitate the movement of pilgrims on the western side of the mosque.

Al-Tumaih said some of the closed doors would be opened from Sept. 4 and the rest when the work on the expansion project would be stopped for
Haj, Saudi Gazette reported.

He said qualified male and female employees would man all doors 24 hours a day to give directions to the pilgrims. People with special needs can use doors specifically designed for them.

Meanwhile, the General Syndicate of Cars has said it added 700 news buses to its existing fleet. It said around 18,000 buses will be deployed to transport pilgrims between Jeddah, Makkah and the holy sites.

Over 20 local transportation companies are responsible for operating the buses.
In other Haj-related news, the Ministry of Health has deployed about
600 doctors, nurses and technicians at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah to provide medical aid to arriving pilgrims.

The ministry has set up a number of clinics at the Haj Terminal as well as the northern and southern terminals to vaccinate pilgrims and provide them with emergency aid if required.