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Saudi Arabia grants Hajj workers seasonal permits and visas

Sat 15 Jun 2024    
The Brew News Team | 2 min read

Makkah: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) has introduced a comprehensive plan to support pilgrims and Hajj service providers during the 1445 AH Hajj season. According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the initiative aims to offer extensive assistance to both organizations and individuals involved in facilitating the Hajj pilgrimage.

As part of this effort, the ministry has launched the Ajeer Al-Hajj online platform, connecting establishments with seasonal workers needed during Hajj. This platform allows institutions to advertise job vacancies and hire suitable candidates, resulting in the issuance of 11,715 permits for 924 establishments.

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Additionally, the ministry has facilitated the issuance of seasonal work visas to meet the workforce requirements of Hajj service providers. A total of 42,853 seasonal visas were issued across various professions to support the smooth functioning of Hajj-related activities.

Moreover, volunteer programs have been initiated to engage individuals in assisting pilgrims at holy sites and the Grand Mosque. Volunteers will undertake tasks like distributing essential supplies such as meals, water, and umbrellas to pilgrims.

In collaboration with the municipalities of Makkah and Madinah, the MHRSD has launched a multilingual awareness campaign to educate pilgrims about the risks associated with begging during Hajj and the penalties involved.

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To ensure pilgrims can focus on their rituals without worry, the ministry has set up 22 children’s hospitality centers in Makkah, staffed with trained personnel to care for children.

Furthermore, the ministry offers a convenient service for pilgrims to delegate the sacrifice of their sacrificial animals through the National Donations Platform. This platform, in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank and civil society organizations, facilitates the sacrifice and distribution of meat to eligible recipients.

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