The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah bases its strategic partnerships on the Saudi Vision 2030, and the National Transformation Program 2020 initiatives; in order to increase cooperation with all the Hajj and Umrah system agencies of the public and private sectors; and to increase external cooperation in respect of raising Hajj pilgrims' awareness, and of enhancing the cooperation to serve the KSA's initiatives in the Hajj and Umrah sector. This is why the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah launched this year a number of strategic initiatives, most notably the following:
(1)The establishment of the electronic control center and system at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah; so as to link the different Hajj and Umrah pilgrims' services centers with decision makers; to enhance cooperation with the Hajj and Umrah system agencies; and to make the control panel available to the different governmental agencies.
(2)The launch of the Hajj pilgrims' e-bracelet program, and implementing it this Hajj season for the first time; so as to help the pilgrims; to provide with the adequate support; and to make the e-bracelet information and data available to the governmental agencies of the Hajj and Umrah system.
(3)Entering into 78 Hajj agreements with 78 countries: Islamic countries and countries with Muslim minorities, in respect of administrating their pilgrims' affairs, of awareness promotion programs, and of organizing the pilgrims' grouping programs.
(4)Increasing cooperation with the private sector, the Coordination Council, and Tawafa Establishments; so as to prepare for implementing the Saudi Vision 2030; and to improve the Hajj and Umrah services and economies.
(5)Launching the Hajj pilgrims' e-portal; so as to protect the pilgrims' rights; to quicken the mechanism of obtaining Hajj visas electronically; to create equal opportunities for Hajj to those willing to perform it; and to establish the transparency principle in the Hajj and Umrah sector.
(6)Working on developing the sector economies, and on cooperation with Tawafa Establishments; so as to widen the scope of opportunities; and to form major national entities.
(7)The launch of the transformation initiative for the Hajj and Umrah sector; so as to transfer from the seasonal work culture, into the culture of working throughout the year in cooperation with the private sector.
(8)Increasing the Hajj and Umrah? seasons' capacity, as the KSA had its largest Umrah season in its entire history: receiving 6.5 million Umrah? pilgrims, who performed the rituals easily, conveniently, and serenely.