The Ministry of Haj and Umrah has completed its preparations to distribute precooked meals among a section of foreign pilgrims during the upcoming Haj season as part of a major move to improve services.
The decision was taken following a workshop attended by more than 600 Tawafa officials and representatives of domestic pilgrim service agencies. It will be considered as an international experiment to provide catering services to huge crowds of people.
The workshop was held with the cooperation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Haj Research at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.
In the initial stage the project will be implemented for 15 percent of foreign pilgrims, to be expanded further to cover 45 percent of pilgrims by 2020 with the support of a number of agencies including Makkah Municipality, Saudi Food and Drugs Authority and Tawafa organizations.
“This is an innovative initiative of the ministry to ensure welfare and well-being of Hajis,” said a senior ministry official who requested anonymity.