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​​Minister​'s Speech​
​​Minister​'s Speech​

​​Minister​'s Speech​

" In The Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful" The blessings and peace of Allah be upon our Master Muhammad, his family and his Companions.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah welcomes Hajj Pilgrims, Umrah performers and Visitors to the Holy Sites from all over the world, and we wish them success that their spiritual journey is fraught with serenity and peace, and that their rituals can be performed with much ease, convenience and satisfaction.

As per the directives and the ongoing follow-up of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior, and President of the Su​preme Hajj Committee as well as the Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Defense Minister, The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah working in concert with all of its various sectors are conducting a sustained action to ensure high-quality delivery of services for the guests of Allah after their arrival in and departure from The KSA, and their safe return to their families and places of origin by harnessing the full potentials and resources required to serve pilgrims, Umrah​ performers and visitors.

The Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques carried out a major expansion of the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah throughout Islam's long history and increased the capacity. As a result, Muslims from across the globe have been given the opportunity to perform their rituals with much ease and convenience .

The KSA developed mega- infrastructure projects in Makkah , Madinah and the Holy Sites ,with a core focus on a full spectrum of multiple service utilities ,including the expansion of the Two Holy Mosques and the areas dedicated for the accommodation of pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah through the launch of the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Southern Line, the construction of Jamarat Bridge, and completion of projects in relation to the expansion of airports, ports , hajj and Umrah lounges, transportation, health and hygiene services, coupled with logistics for Hajj pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors, and the creation of a new hospitality industry to bolster up the economies of Hajj and Umrah.

At the threshold of the Saudi Arabia's Vision for 2030, the Hajj and Umrah sector is currently experiencing unprecedented dynamics. The Ministry strives to put in place a new approach with an emphasis placed on a shift from the culture of seasonal employment to the culture of action throughout the whole year by opening up scope for additional gains in performance –enhanced technology ,fostering transparency ,implementing quality and performance standards with a view to scaling up availability and capacity, improving operational efficiency, increasing Hajj and Umrah system-wide coordination in response to the Vision’s goals and the initiatives of the National Transformation Program.

My special thanks are due to all the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah staff for their efforts, and dedication in carrying out their duties and responsibilities, I urge them to act together for greater achievements and intensified efforts. I would also like to thank all Hajj and Umrah system-wide authorities and agencies, looking forward for further cooperation and performance in fully and effectively achieving the strategic ambitions of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Finally, I take this opportunity to wish you every success. ​

Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten

Minister of Hajj and Umrah