MAKKAH – The first group of Malaysian pilgrims are due to arrive in Makkah from Madinah, tomorrow.
The group which arrived in Madinah via flight KT1 on Aug 16, is scheduled to depart by bus from Madinah to Makkah at 6am local time. (11am Malaysian time).
Tabung Haji’s Haj Congregation (Welfare) deputy head Nurrin Anuwar Shamsuddin said the group of 450 pilgrims who would be transported using 10 buses were expected to arrive in Makkah at 2pm (local time).
“The congregation’s baggage have also been transported by lorry today, the congregation only needs to bring essential items with them tomorrow and they will be placed at Tabung Haji’s headquarters, the Abraj Al-Janadriah,” he told reporters here Sunday.
Nurrin Anuwar said seven lodging colleges were provided for Malaysian Haj pilgrims there.
“In Makkah, there seven colleges, with six for the Muassasah (package) and one for the private package. The seven colleges comprise nine buildings in Makkah,” he said.
He said all the pilgrims who were now in Madinah were also reportedly in good health condition.
“The pilgrims who will arrive in Makkah are also advised to drink lots of water, wear appropriate clothing and minimise outdoor activities. The temperature in Makkah is around 45 degrees Celsius,” he said.
Nurrin Anuwar said the first group of pilgrims who will arrive in Jeddah and head directly to Makkah will be on Sept 1 via flight KT34.
“The last group of pilgrims to arrive in Madinah is on Aug 30. Overall, 11,088 pilgrims will arrive in Madinah, and they will be taken to Makkah in stages beginning tomorrow until Sept 7,” he said.
He said the colleges in Makkah were also equipped with clinic facilities, customer service counters, financial counters, counseling as well as pilgrimage guidance services.
There will be a total of 22,320 Haj pilgrims from Malaysia this year, heading there via 64 flights conducted by Malaysia Airlines and Saudi Airlines.
The last flight of Malaysian pilgrims heading to the Holy Land will be on Sept 16, while the return flights are scheduled from Sept 29 to Oct 27. – BERNAMA