Riyadh "Riyadh Daily"
International Recognition

This year, the Kingdom has perfectly succeeded in organizing one of the best seasons of Hajj. It could impress the world with its ability to manage the human crowds, estimated at 2.5 million people concurrently in the holy places which are mountainous areas with limited spaces. 

Yet, the Saudi people's experiences and keenness to provide the best services to the pilgrims, no matter how much effort and money, made these areas a beehive with relentless movement and the best potentials that meet the demands of pilgrims.

Hence, it is not surprising that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has received appreciation and gratitude from the leaders of the Muslim world and local and regional organizations, as well as commendations from the international organizations, which know no compliments and rely on abstract facts in their reports or statements. 

These organizations have been keen to closely observe the Hajj season since the beginning, and was briefed on the Kingdom's efforts to bring convenience to the pilgrims and provide security and safety for them. 

They were impressed by the Kingdom's potentials and expertise in conducting the largest human journey of faith every known by history and taking it to safety.

Perhaps the most noteworthy commendations came from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which recently congratulated the Kingdom on the success of the Hajj season, without reporting any public health events or disease outbreaks among the pilgrims.

The WHO seems to have been very concerned about the pilgrims, due to the synchronization of Hajj with the outbreak of a cluster of diseases such as Ebola, cholera, measles, poliomyelitis and other infectious diseases in more than a spot around the world. 

The WHO feared the spread of these diseases among the pilgrims, a matter which the Ministry of Health (MoH) was alerted to, and took it into account when developing plans to deal with the pilgrims in the Holy Land, in partnership with the WHO, and the two parties teamed up together to develop an early warning system tool to facilitate detection and response activities.

The commendations of the international organizations for the pilgrimage season are the best evidence and witness to the Kingdom's efforts and huge budgets harnessed to serve the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, seeking the reward of Allah Almighty. 

These commendations, meantime, act as the biggest reaction to whoever calling into question these efforts or trying to underestimating them for political purposes only, a matter that is rejected by the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and considers that Hajj is a pure worship for the sake of Allah and should not be disturbed by any other things.

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