Ramadan 2018: Pilgrims safety being looked after

May 24, 2018 Ali Sajaad

During Ramadan 2018, an emergency security plan was launched by the special security forces at Masjid Haram. This has been put in place in order to prevent stampedes and any other accidents involving the pilgrims.

The main activities of the special forces is to keep an eye on the amount of people which enter the Haram and ensure smooth movement of the pilgrims and worshippers. This is even more important during the five daily prayers as well as the additional Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan.

Gen. Abdullah Al-Osaimi, commander of special forces told Al-Madina Arabic daily “We controlled the flow of pilgrims toward the circumambulation area around the Kaaba to ensure their safety and security”.

During Ramadan all the gates of Masjid Haram are kept open including its underground and firsts floors as well as the roof through the use of bridges and escalators.

Security cameras which have been installed in Masjid Haram have also helped in monitoring overcrowding and to take any quick action required.

“Our operation room is equipped with advanced facilities,” the commander said, adding that it gives instructions to officers on the ground to deal with emergency situations including possible stampedes. The operation room is manned by highly experienced officers, he said.

During this month, the Department of Cleaning at the Grand Mosque is working around the clock to serve the House of Allah and its visitors during the holy month of Ramadan. There are a total of 2,497 laborers working 24 hours a day to ensure that the Masjid and it’s facilities are kept clean.

Everything is being done with the intention of ensuring that the pilgrims and worshippers are provided with ease and comfort.