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Count down to Hajj 2018: Saudi Kingdom to deploy 4, 500 guides

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HajjAhead of the commencement of core Hajj rites, the Saudi authorities will from today (Saturday) deploy scouts and guides to assist pilgrims.

According to information made available to newsmen in the Holy Land, the deployment is an initiative of Saudi Saudi Arabian Scouts Association in Mecca was meant to assist pilgrims who may lose their way around the Holy sites, while performing the Hajj rites.

The Saudi Scouts and Guides will also be conducting a survey in Mina and Arafat, the holy sites in Makkah, in order to collect field information on the Hajj camps.

The information further disclosed that they will primarily identify major landmarks to be toured by millions of pilgrims from around the world taking part in this year’s Hajj.

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“This operation is in cooperation with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. Saudi Scout members are in full readiness to assist pilgrims around the Holy sites during Hajj performance”, said Dr Saleh bin Raja al-Harbi, Commander of the Hajj Camps.

Checks revealed that the survey would be executed in three phases.

The 1st phase involves preparation and processing of the plan, including the surveying of the Holy sites by the Saudi Scouts and Guides in the morning and evening in both Mina and Arafat, processing files of units and specialists, reviewing maps and slides for the specific fields and adjusting them according to new co-ordinates.

In the 2nd phase, two different shifts of scouts and Guides would participate directly in activities in the public service camps of pilgrims in Mina and Arafat, document information in their survey booklets and then evaluate the generated data to cross-match them with the data by governmental institutions and other Tawaf organisations.

The final phase would involve the issuance of the guide book, general maps and guides. Meanwhile, a philanthropic foundation in Saudi Arabia, al-HadiyaGroup has donated gift packs of sanitary kits to patients in two clinics set up for pilgrims of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria in Makkah.

Making the presentation to the Chief Medical Officers in each of the Clinics, on behalf of the group, Salim Mabrouk Al-Gamadi, said it was an honour and a privilege to share the gift packs with Nigerian pilgrims.

He prayed that Allah (God) accepts their Hajj as acts of Ibadah (worship) and wished them all Hajj Mabroor (successful pilgrimage).

Up to 50 gift packs containing a selection of sanitary items including hand sanitisers and fans and face towels, were distributed by the Hadiya Group to pilgrims who were present in the clinics at the time of the donation.

Mr Al-Gamadi was accompanied on the visit by two representatives of the Foundation: Mr Attayah Mosade Al-Zahrani and Mr Bader Al-Aldeen Al-Madani.

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