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Hope rises as Saudi prepares to revert to quota before pandemic *Raises daily capacity of Umrah pilgrims to 100,000

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The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said it was ready to host Umrah pilgrims in accordance with the quota set before the outbreak of the Corona virus.

The Ministry has also announced the raising of daily capacity of Masjid Al Haram from 70,000 to 100,000 pilgrims.
Recall that authorities some weeks ago increased the daily capacity of pilgrim from 60,000 to 70,000.

Speaking to the Arab daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Dr. Amr Al-Madah, Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah, said, “All measures have been taken to host the pilgrims. There was no difficulty in doing so.

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“The Ministry of Hajj is capable of handling Umrah pilgrims according to the quota allocated for each country and we will not face any difficulty if the situation before Karuna is restored,” said Dr Amr al-Madah.

According to Al-Madah, the Ministry of Hajj is updating the ‘Shyaar’ and ‘Itmarna’ applications so that all possible facilities are available to Hajj and Umrah pilgrims in a timely manner.

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The Ministry of Hajj’s rites application has been very successful during the recent Hajj. It stores complete information about the identity of the pilgrims, health and other facilities. With the help of this application, the pilgrims are kept informed about the time and place of departure from the residence and the pilgrims have their own food menu. You can also select on the application. In addition, through this app, the authorities can also provide timely alerts to the aspirants in case of any change.

Now, in the next phase, the Shyaar Smart Card app will also be made available to Umrah pilgrims who will be able to use it as a digital identity.

The ‘Shyaar’ app is currently not available for visitors with visas from Umrah service companies.

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The Presidency has implemented precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by deploying state of the art equipment. Including the deployment of thermal cameras and optical sorting operations. Support for sterilization work with 11 robots that work with artificial intelligence, 20 Biocare devices for sterilization using dry steam. 20 sterilization device using the cold mist feature, 500 sterilization pumps, in addition to 500 electronic soap. 250 fans are also installed in the courtyards of the Mosque to reduce the heat and soften the atmosphere.

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