Russian Muslims preparing for Hajj 2019

Russians prepare for the holiest Journey – Hajj 2019

Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr Mohammed Salih Bentin received Sergey Kozlov, the ambassador of Russia to Saudi Arabia, at his office in Jeddah on Thursday.

Both parties noted the positive trend in cooperation and discussed preparations for 2019 hajj season.

According to the press agency, one of the main topics of the agenda was the increase of pilgrims quota after Crimea’s integration into Russia. All in all, 16 thousand pilgrims from 65 regions of Russia performed hajj since 2014 and a further 150 from the Crimea region.

The Saudi Minister informed the Ambassador on the progress of the grand construction works expansion of the holiest site of Islam, Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, building new hotels and centres for pilgrims, expansion of Medina airport and building of a railway connecting Mecca, Medina and Jeddah.

According to the Saudi Press agency during the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and topics related to Hajj and future cooperation to increase the number of visitors from the Russain federation.

The ambassador praised the efforts and services provided by the Kingdom to the pilgrims.

Mohammed Salih Bentin, minister of Haj and Umrah, visited the headquarters of the National Tawafa Establishment for Pilgrims of Arab Countries (ARBHAJ) on Friday to inspect its readiness for this year’s Haj season. Bentin held a meeting with Abbas Bin Abdul Ghani Qattan, CEO of ARBHAJ, and his deputy Mustafa Biari to discuss plans for the season.

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