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Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khaled al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud. KUNA

Jeddah-Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah, advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and chairman of the Central Haj Committee, stressed the importance of working hard to make this year’s Haj distinctive and well-organized.

Prince Khaled called for preparing a comprehensive study for the transportation of pilgrims by the region’s development body. The plan, according to the prince, aims at developing the system of transporting the pilgrims and benefiting from modern technology in Makkah and holy sites.

At the Central Hajj Committee meeting, Monday, in Jeddah, Prince Khaled said that Saudi Arabia, along with its leadership, government and people, is keen to provide highest level of service to the pilgrims on the basis of religious and Islamic duty.

He added: “Hajj season is the most important event for us as it has the patronage of the Saudi leadership and government.”

He also called for sincere collective hard work to serve pilgrims. “All should have a team work spirit inorder to come out with a successful Haj season,” he said.

The prince noted that the holy capital depends mainly on transportation since it is in the center of the region; thus, transportation management pays great attention for its plans, confirming the importance of providing high quality transportation vehicles.

The meeting also tackled the arrangements for the project of localizing the jobs of drivers, technicians and employees who work in transporting pilgrims, in addition to developing the process of their transportation and ways of addressing the negative aspects of participation of small vehicles to transport pilgrims and preventing the transfer of pilgrims with vehicles that take less than 25 passengers to the holy sites.