His Excellency the Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar ibn Muhammad Hajjar, announced that the Ministry of Hajj is carefully studying the establishment of a city for receiving and grouping pilgrims and Mu`tamirs to complete the set of developed services that the Servant of the Two Holy Mosques, King `Abdullah bin `Abdul-`Aziz Al-Saud – may Allah protect him – ordered to be carried out in Makkah Al-Mukarramah and the sacred sites. At the present time, these locations are undergoing great developmental work, including the projects of expanding the circumambulation path, the Holy Mosque of Makkah and the Mosque of the Prophet (peace be upon him), in addition to other giant projects at the airports of entry in Jeddah and Madinah.
His Excellency also explained that the sum of 62 billion Riyals that His Royal Highness – may Allah protect him – commanded to be devoted to providing and promoting an advanced transportation web last Ramadan is considered – by the virtue of Allah – a stepping stone during this blessed era; and that generously spending money on everything that is related to the continuous advancement of the services provided for the Guests of Allah is a top priority for the wise leadership, may Allah grant it success.
His Excellency the Minister of Hajj mentioned that one of the most important objectives of the city for receiving and grouping pilgrims and Mu`tamirs is to gather all the events and services offered for the Guests of Allah in one place that can be easily reached, especially during the peak period of the seasons of Hajj and `Umrah.
He also clarified that the wheel of developmental studies in the Ministry of Hajj is proceeding well and is an integral component of the viewpoint of the princedom of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, represented by the Higher Organization for Promoting Makkah Al-Mukarramah and the Sacred Sites; it is also compatible with the strategy which the Servant of the Two Holy Mosques outlined for serving the Guests of Allah throughout the next 25 years, in which all the participating bodies will cooperate to achieve the expectations of the leadership by expending all precious and valuable resources for the welfare of the Guests of Allah and the visitors of the Mosque of the Prophet (peace be upon him).