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Thursday May 3, 2018 8:51 PM, News Network

Ramadan in Madina Munawara

Riyadh (Saudi Arabia): The General Presidency for the affairs of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madina began preparations for the holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday, accroding to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

More than 10,000 male and female employees will be available to follow up on work and monitor it during Ramadan, in addition to a large number of cleaners.

General President of Grand Mosque and Prophet's Mosque Affairs Sheik Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sudais said that the plan will be implemented on different areas related to services, administration, guidance, education, technical, financial and public relations, Al-Arabiya reported citing Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

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The plan will be implemented by developing work, improving performance and rehabilitating human resources. "There will be 28 escalators in the Great Mosque of Mecca, four in the Prophet’s Mosque, 38 entrances for people with special needs and seven entrances for women, among other facilities", the report said.

The guidance service provided by the presidency will perform several tasks such as hold workshops, distribute Qurans and religious brochures and translate Friday sermons to a number of languages as well as into sign language.

"All power supply lines have been prepared to make sure there is power 24/7", the Presidency of the two Holy Mosques said.

Among the goals which this year’s plan aims to achieve is helping visitors and those performing umrah to smoothly perform religious rituals and guide them and preach them while providing them with all necessary services and facilitation.

Meanwhile, King Abdulaziz Airport's Administration has also started preparation to receive the expected increase in the number of arrivals to perform Umrah through airport lounges during the holy month of Ramadan. The airport is ready to receive more than 05 Million Umrah pilgrims during the Holy month of Ramadan.

As per the statistics provided by the airport total number of Umrah pilgrims arriving and leaving since the beginning of the season started on Mrach 01, 2018 amounted to about 6.4 million. This included number of arrivals amounting to 3,033,847 and departees numbering 3,397,757.

"Various operating sectors and companies operating at the airport are working to provide the best services for Umrah performers", Airport Director Issam Nour said.

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