Saudi introduces Haj permit programme

The Saudi government has launched a new awareness campaign to educate Saudis and expatriate workers on the importance of obtaining Haj permits ahead of the annual pilgrimage.

The Right Way is Haj campaign began Tuesday in Makkah with a permit campaiHaj pilgrimsgn aimed at preventing squatting of pilgrims in public places, and controlling their numbers to avoid overcrowding in the holy sites.

City authorities want to ensure that only persons with permits perform the Haj, and that pilgrims and service providers comply with ethical and regulatory standards.

The new information and awareness programme was introduced this year in view of a threefold increase in the number of pilgrims which affects proper Haj organisation.

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