RIYADH, 4 July – Saudi Arabia launched a new campaign titled ‘We welcome you on the ground in your languages’ for Hajj pilgrims on Sunday, 3 July.
The program was launched by the President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, as it aims to guide pilgrims at the Grand Mosque in Makkah in their own respective languages, making it easier to communicate effectively.
100 guides across the mosque will be working and available 24 hours a day to communicate fluently with pilgrims in 23 different languages.
Meanwhile, more than 369,000 pilgrims from across the world have so far arrived in Madinah to perform Hajj this year, according to official figures reported by the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.
The Kingdom is allowing up to 1 million people to perform Hajj this year, welcoming foreign pilgrims for the first time in two years, during which COVID-19 restrictions meant the annual pilgrimage was limited to residents of the country.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that more than 299,000 people had landed at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport since the start of the first Hajj flights, while almost 70,000 pilgrims had arrived by land.
More than 294,000 pilgrims had already left Madinah and were on their way to the holy sites in Makkah, while almost 75,000 were still in the city, it said.
Authorities in Madinah are working around the clock to ensure the best experience for visitors, the ministry added.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques confirmed its readiness to receive pilgrims, saying it had mobilised 10,000 workers.
The presidency also said that live translation of the Arafat Day sermon, one of the most important events in the Islamic calendar, has been expanded to include 14 languages as Saudi Arabia’s leadership seeks to convey a message of moderation and tolerance to the widest possible audience.
The sermon will be available in English, French, Malay, Urdu, Persian, Russian, Chinese, Bengali, Turkish, Hausa, Spanish, Indian, Swahili and Tamil.
Source: Arab News/SPA