MEDINA – Tabung Haji (TH) Operations in Medina is now in the final stage of its preparations to welcome Hajj pilgrims this year, which will begin arriving on Aug 16.
Its director, Mohd Zawawi Bostam said preparations were now 90 per cent complete, including receiving pilgrims at the new terminal of the Prince
Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Airport, the setting up of the operations office, hotels, welfare programmes, clinics, finance and logistics.
“The first batch of pilgrims consisting 423 people, is expected to arrive in Medina at 9am (Saudi Arabian time), after taking off from KL International Airport at 5.30am (Malaysian time on Aug 16),” he told reporters, here today.
He said all the 11,088 pilgrims to arrive in Medina through 32 flights in stages, would be placed in three hotels – Movenpick, Al-Haram, and Al-Saha.
He said 220 TH staff consisting of welfare, medical teams as well as seasonal staff (to help the medical and welfare teams) would be ready to help pilgrims in Medina.
“Preparations to receive the pilgrims had been initiated since early August to ensure that everything runs smoothly,” he said.
The pilgrims have been scheduled to be taken to the holy land of Mecca beginning Aug 24. The last group to Mecca from Medina will be on Sept 7,” he said.
Pilgrims have also been advised to drink plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, as the weather in Medina was currently between 34 to 46 degrees Celsius.
The total number of pilgrims from Malaysia this year is 22,320 people, who will be taken to the holy land via 64 flights from seven airports across the country, by Malaysia Airlines and Saudi Airlines.
Thirty-two of those flights will land in Jeddah.
The last flight will leave Malaysia on Sept 16, while the return flights have been scheduled between Sept 29 and Oct 27. – BERNAMA