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The authorities added that it is important to keep in mind the different variants and mutations of the virus.
This year’s Hajj announcements could be made in the coming days as the Kingdom completes its assessment of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabia’s Acting Media Minister Dr Majid Al Qasabi said.
At a press conference held in Riyadh on Sunday, al-Qasabi said the Saudi Arabian authorities are watching for updates (about the pandemic) and the Hajj and Umrah and health ministers will soon announce their decision.
He said that due to the Covid variants, it is important to carefully and correctly assess the damage from the spread of the virus: “We do not want the Hajj this year to become the epicenter of the spread of the disease in the Kingdom or in other countries. Muslim World “.
The Hajj and Umrah Ministry worked hard to improve the services provided in the Hajj and Umrah sectors in the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic.
Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Services for Hajj and Umrah Performers, Eng. Hesham Abdulmonem Said said at a press conference that the Safe Umrah model seeks to protect people by managing crowds to the Grand Mosque at booked time slots and improving the services provided to pilgrims by applying state-of-the-art techniques to meet their personal needs.
He noted that the Eatmarna app, developed by the Saudi Arabian Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), also checks the health status of permit applicants.
He said the pilgrim service work was a joint operation involving the public, private and voluntary sectors.
He said: “Collaboration continues between the Hajj and Umrah Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Health Ministry, the General Presidency of the two holy mosques and all relevant authorities to help pilgrims and visitors perform the Hajj and Umrah with ease. “
Last year’s Hajj and the gradual return of Umrah in October were resolved after a secure model was developed, focusing on modern technology and digitizing procedures to provide pilgrims with the services they need through various options provided by the ministry.
These technology-focused models included the Eatmarna app, which allowed users to request permissions (permission to pray, permission to die, and permission to pray Rawdah) in the mosques of Mecca and Medina. More than 20 million people have used the app and more than 30,000 have used the services provided by the Other Care Centers in Mecca and Medina, created to serve pilgrims from outside the Kingdom.
The Hajj and Umrah Ministry also provided safe transport services, setting up four points to transport believers and pilgrims to and from the Great Mosque in Mecca.
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