The 2nd edition of Hajj and Umrah (Pilgrimage) Services Conference and Exhibition “Hajj Expo 2023” concluded its activities in Jeddah Thursday evening, under the theme “Quality in the Services System”.
Over 60,000 visitors from all over the world attended the event which witnessed the participation of more than 200 companies specialized in Hajj and Umrah services, in addition to several government agencies concerned with the services of pilgrims and Umrah performers.
The Saudi Ministry of Interior’s pavilion witnessed a large number of visitors, who were briefed on the most prominent services being provided by the Ministry to the pilgrims, performers of Umrah and visitors of the Grand Holy Mosque, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The visitors were also briefed on the Ministry of Interior’s initiatives within the program of serving the pilgrims, performers of Umrah and visitors of the Grand Holy Mosque, since this program is considered as one of the most important programs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.
The participation of the Ministry of Interior comes to review the services of the sectors of the Ministry’s Agency for Civil Status, the National Center for Security Operations, the General Directorate of Passports, the General Directorate of Traffic, the Special Forces for Hajj and Umrah Security, and “Absher”, “Maidan” and “Banan” applications.
Meanwhile, Saudi Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Abdel Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, confirmed that all the desired targets of the conference have been achieved, stressing the importance of the conference and exhibition in attracting all parties to the system from the public, private and non-profit sectors, in light of the unlimited support of the prudent leadership. He further extended his thanks to the Ministers, CEOs and missions who represented their countries.
The Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah met with a delegation from Egypt, the UAE, Senegal, Ghana, Chad, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, India, Thailand, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Benin, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
During the meeting, they discussed a number of issues related to the affairs of pilgrims, as well as the arrangements and preparations to serve the pilgrims coming to Makkah and Madinah from all over the world to perform the rituals of Hajj with ease and comfort, in light of the continuous support from the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH the Crown Prince.
The four day-conference (9-12 January) witnessed numerous sessions and dialogues, as the number of main sessions reached 9 sessions, and the number of dialogue sessions reached 4, in addition to two presentation sessions and 36 workshops, in which 70 local speakers and 11 international speakers participated, in which they reviewed the reality and future of services. Hajj and Umrah through 3 themes: improvement, competitiveness and sustainability.
At the closing ceremony, the Ministry of Hajj honored the participants in the “Hajj Challenge” competition and the “My Innovation” competition, as well as the investors, partners and distinguished pavilions.