Madinah, April 8: The Haj Ministry plans to establish a big pilgrim reception center in Hijrah at the gate of Madinah at a cost of SR60 million, Haj Minister Bandar Al-Hajjar announced here yesterday.
Speaking to reporters after an inspection tour of Haj facilities in Madinah, he said the new center is designed to serve more than 7 million Haj and Umrah pilgrims annually.
He said Hijrah would have a station for public transport and another for a monorail project. “It will bring about a qualitative improvement in pilgrim services,” he added.
Al-Hajjar said the ministry has allocated SR20 million for the second phase of its headquarters project in Madinah. “We’ll construct five new service buildings near the existing headquarters,” he said.
The minister said his tour was planned on the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in order to make early preparations for Haj.
His visit covered Prince Muhammad International Airport in Madinah, the second largest gateway of pilgrims coming to the Kingdom. About 400,000 Umrah pilgrims have already arrived in Madinah.