The Saudi Ports Authority has started receiving no fewer than 22,000 intending pilgrims for this year’s pilgrimage arriving by sea through the Jeddah Islamic Port.
The authority, in cooperation with different government sectors and agencies, seeks to ensure pilgrims’ comfort, and facilitate performance of the Hajj from the moment they arrive in the Kingdom until they return home.
The port started to receive pilgrims since July 17 and will be closed on August 6. The 22,000 pilgrims who would use it is an increase on last year’s 16,000 pilgrims.
The port’s terminal has been equipped to accommodate over 800 people per hour. It comprises five lounges, three for arrivals and two for departures. All of the lounges are equipped with the necessary facilities and equipment to serve pilgrims and help them complete their entry and exit procedures.
The operational equipment includes 14 sophisticated devices for searching and transporting baggage, 700 luggage trolleys, and 28 new buses.
Over 266 personnel will serve pilgrims at the port during this year’s Hajj season. These include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams, and staff responsible for operations at the station as well as the management of technical affairs.
Source: Arab News.