Saudi Arabia’s flynas welcomed the first flight of Malaysian pilgrims to King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah with a special ceremony, as part of the ‘Makkah Road’ initiative.
The passengers were received by the initiative’s Supervisory Committee members, headed by the team leader, Major General Suleiman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Yahya. Pilgrims were presented with gifts and sweets.
The Makkah Road initiative is one of the initiatives being implemented under the National Transformation Program (2020), which aims to realise the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in order to improve services for pilgrims, facilitate their travel procedures and help them perform Hajj with ease and comfort. These objectives are carried out by an integrated Saudi team, headed by the Ministry of Interior with the participation of the Ministry of Hajj, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, General Authority of Civil Aviation, Customs and National Information Centre.
The initiative entails the issuing of visas, completion of passports and customs procedures, verification of health requirements, as well as baggage screening and sorting, in accordance with the transport and accommodation arrangements in the Kingdom. These measures enable pilgrims to pass such procedures upon arrival to the Kingdom, allowing them to head directly to the buses, which will take them to their place of residence in Makkah and Madinah.