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Friday, May 31, 2024  
22 Dhul-Qadah 1445  

Makkah completes preparations to handle Hajj

A 24-hour cleaning regime is in place
File photo via AFP
File photo via AFP

In preparation for the upcoming Hajj season, the Municipality of Mecca is making extensive efforts to accommodate the anticipated influx of pilgrims in the Kingdom. With meticulous planning as their priority, the municipality aims to ensure the well-being and comfort of the millions undertaking the sacred journey.

To achieve this, a workforce of 22,000 individuals, including administrators, engineers, technicians, sanitation workers, and support teams from various sectors, has been mobilized by the municipality. In addition, a significant number of security personnel, volunteers, and temporary health providers will be deployed to enhance services and maintain order.

Cutting-edge technology plays a crucial role in the municipality’s plan. They have assembled a fleet of specialized machinery and equipment to efficiently manage waste, including advanced sanitation vehicles. Thirteen sub-municipalities and service centers located across the holy sites will be strategically equipped to address any arising needs.

To maintain cleanliness, a 24-hour cleaning regime is in operation, utilizing state-of-the-art sanitation vehicles and a large fleet of waste management resources.

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The municipality has prepared 1,135 electrical waste compression boxes and 113 temporary ground storage warehouses in Mina to handle waste during Hajj. They will also utilize large compressor trailers, transfer stations, and waste containers of different sizes.

Food safety is given utmost importance, with dedicated teams monitoring dining establishments and a central laboratory. Three mobile units have been set up to ensure the safety and quality of all food served.

The city’s infrastructure, including 66,000 paved roads, 58 tunnels, and 105 bridges, is being diligently maintained. The floodwater drainage and lighting networks are fully operational to manage the seasonal increase in visitors. Public facilities, such as restrooms and parks, undergo continuous maintenance to meet the high standards required during Hajj.

Efficient crowd management, pilgrim dispatching, metro line operations, and public transport supervision are overseen by seasonal committees established to ensure smooth operations. The municipality works closely with the Public Security, Civil Defence, and Emergency Forces to swiftly respond to any incidents that may occur.

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