Nearly 40,000 residents in Saudi Arabia have registered at the Haj Ministry's e-gate for the low-cost Haj, just hours after the facility's website was launched, Saudi Gazette reported. . Five thousand applicants registered in just one hour.
According to the ministry's undersecretary Hussain Al-Sharif, 39,594 Saudis and expatriates registered only eight hours after it was officially launched on Sunday, while more than 18,000 pilgrims have completed their registration for the e-gate facility. He added that 130,700 has also browsed the facility's website.
The e-gate facility will put an end to fake Haj groups and will enable pilgrims to choose the company that offers the best services at the most affordable prices, the report added.
The activity was personally monitored by Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar.
Hajjar’s deputy Hussain Al-Shareef said the objective of making the process easier for domestic pilgrims was achieved by e-registration.
Meanwhile, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah has reduced the time taken to complete formalities for incoming pilgrims from three hours, as was the case before, to 45 minutes.
When pilgrims enter their lounges, they are received by Health Ministry employees who familiarize them with services provided.
Pilgrims then proceed to the passport windows to complete the formalities, and then to collect their baggage and clear customs.
Following that, the pilgrims move to their buses heading to Makkah.. Tags: #Middle-East #
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