Saudi Security Aviation performs operations over Madinah

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The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continued its ongoing security rounds in Madinah. (SPA)
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The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continued its ongoing security rounds in Madinah. (SPA)
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The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continued its ongoing security rounds in Madinah. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2018
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Saudi Security Aviation performs operations over Madinah

MADINAH: The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continued its ongoing security rounds in Madinah by monitoring the security situation in the city, and by providing assistance to governmental bodies as part of this year Hajj plan.
The Aviation Command carries out security operations over the holy sites visited by pilgrims during Hajj season.
It provides logistical support for various fields tasked with serving the pilgrims.
The Command carried out an exploratory tour in Madinah led by Lt. Col. Captain Mohamad Al-Harbi and Captain Turki Al-Duhmosh, as well as Captain Abdelelah Al-Zahrani.
During this latest round, it monitored the security situation and the traffic at sites and pathways frequented by pilgrims, such as the Prophet’s Mosque, prominent mosques in the city and other areas, and keeping pace with the pilgrimage between Madinah and Makkah.


Hajj pilgrims praise Saudi support at Dhaka airport

Updated 17 July 2019
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Hajj pilgrims praise Saudi support at Dhaka airport

  • Seventy immigration officials from Saudi Arabia are currently in Dhaka to accomplish pilgrims’ immigration tasks
  • At the airport, Saudi authorities have established 15 booths to serve pilgrims, who have to record 10-finger impressions in the Kingdom’s immigration database

DHAKA: Pre-immigration facilities provided by Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrims in Bangladesh have helped reduce waiting times by several hours after their arrival at airports in the Kingdom, several of them said on Wednesday.
The program is part of Saudi Arabia’s Road to Makkah initiative, whereby pilgrims can complete immigration at airports in their home country instead of doing it on arrival in the Kingdom.
From this year, Bangladeshi pilgrims are enjoying pre-immigration facilities at Dhaka airport.
“Among the 127,000 Bangladeshi pilgrims, this year 60,500 of them will have the opportunity to complete the immigration formalities at Dhaka airport,” Bangladeshi Religious Affairs Secretary Anisur Rahman told Arab News.
“From next year, all Bangladeshi pilgrims will enjoy this pre-immigration system at Dhaka airport.”
Seventy immigration officials from Saudi Arabia are currently in Dhaka to accomplish pilgrims’ immigration tasks. Three Saudi organizations are working at Dhaka airport to accomplish these tasks.
At the airport, Saudi authorities have established 15 booths to serve pilgrims, who have to record 10-finger impressions in the Kingdom’s immigration database.
In addition, at the immigration counter officials take photographs of the pilgrims, Rahman said.
“The pre-immigration system was supposed to be launched from the first Hajj flight on July 4, but due to technical issues we couldn’t do that on the first day. However, things are now running very smoothly,” he added.
Abdul Kayum Bepari, a Bangladeshi pilgrim who completed his Saudi immigration formalities at Dhaka airport, told Arab News: “It’s an amazing experience. All immigration formalities were completed within a minute. When I performed Hajj in 2011, it took more than four hours for me to complete the immigration formalities at the Saudi airport.”
Bangladeshi pilgrim Sadek Ali told Arab News: “Everything is very disciplined. This pre-immigration system has truly eased the hassle of thousands of Bangladeshi pilgrims.”
Pilgrim Bulbuli Begum told Arab News: “My Saudi immigration formalities took only a few seconds to be completed.”
Pre-immigration support for Bangladeshi pilgrims will continue until the last Hajj flight, which is scheduled on Aug. 5.
“We’re trying to ensure maximum support and comfort to the pilgrims,” said a Saudi immigration official at Dhaka airport.
“They don’t even need to worry about luggage. Once the pilgrims land at a Saudi airport, they’ll immediately board hotel-bound buses and will receive their luggage at the hotel.”