Saudi Arabia to allow Hajj with special conditions this year
RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian government has announced to organise Hajj the following year with special conditions viewing the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
The spokesperson for the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that complete arrangements for health and safety of pilgrims will be ensured to preserve their well-being. While operational matters and other details related to Hajj would be announced later, he added.
“Health institutions in Saudi Arabia will continue to assess the situation and take all the measures to preserve the health of all mankind,” Saudi Gazette quoted the ministry as saying.
It should be noted that last year Saudi Arabia had allowed its own 1,000 citizens to perform Hajj with special conditions because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was the first time in the modern history that the number of pilgrims, which normally is more than 2.5 million Muslims from across the world every year, was curtailed.