Mecca, Saudi Arabia (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Hajj Organizing Committee (PPIH) in Saudi Arabia has received 200 additional officers to support the provision of services to Indonesian Hajj pilgrims during the implementation of the Hajj pilgrimage from 2022 in Saudi Arabia.
“The total number of additional officers is 200,” Saudi Arabia’s PPIH leader Arsad Hidayat was quoted as saying on Saturday by the Religious Affairs Ministry’s Hajj Media Center in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
He noted that additional Hajj officers will support accommodation, transportation, consumption and protection services for Indonesian Hajj pilgrims during the pilgrimage.
According to Hidayat, the additional officers will help Indonesian pilgrims at the Grand Mosque complex in Makkah, among other things, as Indonesian Hajj pilgrims often get separated from their group and forget their way back from the mosque to the hotel. .
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Hidayat noted that the PPIH for Makkah work area will receive more additional officers compared to Madinah work area.
“It’s because in Makkah, the services are the most complex. Pilgrims from all over the world will also gather in Makkah. If pilgrims gathered, it will be crowded, and it is connected with catering, transportation services, etc.,” he remarked.
Previously, a total of 1,901 Hajj officers from PPIH were responsible for providing services to Indonesian Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.
This year, Saudi Arabia allowed one million pilgrims from various countries to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. Indonesia was given a quota of 100,051 for the pilgrimage.
Although it has allowed foreign pilgrims to perform Hajj, Saudi Arabia has imposed two conditions on them this year. First, pilgrims must not be over the age of 65 and must have received the full dose of any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health.
Secondly, pilgrims coming from abroad must carry a certificate indicating a negative PCR result, the test being carried out no later than 72 hours before departure.
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