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Hajj pilgrims are all smiles by better services of Makkah Route Initiative

International Desk

The Makkah Route, a laudable initiative led by the benign King of Saudi Arabia, Salman Bin Abdul Aziz for the pilgrims’ smooth Hajj journey and to provide a top-quality service has made the pilgrims all smiles. The pilgrims are getting a lot of opportunities by being able to avert all kinds of hassles at the Jeddah airport.

The officer of the Makkah Route at the Hazrat Shah Jalal Airport in Dhaka, Mr Abdul Aziz said, they are working round the clock for the smooth and comfortable journeys of the pilgrims.

He invited this Correspondent today at the airport to witness their exclusive services and cooperation they are rendering for the holy Hajj going people or the pilgrims with utmost dedication.

Mr Aziz said, they have ensured a congenial environment for the pilgrims by installing a good many modernized booths and other facilities so that the pilgrims can avert any hassles of the journey.

There are also some female staff who have come from Saudi Arabia and are also rendering services for the female pilgrims abreast of male staff round the clock to ensure better services for the holy Hajj aspirant people at the airport in Dhaka.

Mrs Hamida Khatun and her spouse Mr. Mahtab Ali have already received the exclusive services from the Makkah Route initiative.They are now staying at the holy Makkah, informed this Correspondent over telephone this evening that, they are very much delighted with the the Makkah Route services. They did not face any hassle or difficulties on arrival there.

They said, they are also praying for the benign authority of the blessed country, Saudi Arabia, where the Kibla of the Muslims is situated and the Muslims turn their faces five times a day for offering prayers.

Mr Rabiul Karim and his spouse have also reached Saudi Arabia for the holy Hajj. They have also informed that they enjoyed a great benefit by the Makkah Route services. They are happy with the services of the Makkah Route.

It is learnt from the Makkah Route authority that they also aim to ensure that all health requirements are met in the targeted countries before the Kingdom’s entry visa is issued. The initiative is being implemented in collaboration with the Health Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the General Authority of Civil Aviation, the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority, the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence, the Guests of God Service Program, Saudi Passports, and the Saudi digital security firm Elm Co.

It is part of Saudi Arabia’s Guests of God Service Program, which King Salman inaugurated in 2019 and seeks to provide visitors to the holy sites with the finest possible services to help them perform their Hajj rituals easily and comfortably.

It includes issuing visas, ensuring compliance with health requirements, and codifying and sorting luggage at airports in pilgrims’ home countries. Five countries are featured in the initiative: Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Morocco, and Bangladesh.

Pilgrims arriving from these countries can bypass entry procedures on their arrival in the Kingdom, go directly to the buses waiting for them, and travel to their accommodation in Makkah and Madinah. Their luggage is handled and delivered directly to them at their accommodation.

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