The Ministry of Haj and Umrah has started comprehensive inspections of all buildings that are scheduled to accommodate pilgrims in the holy city of Makkah.
The Ministry reported that every housing unit is to obtain a license to accommodate pilgrims and will have a thorough inspection before granting the permit.
The Ministry’s accommodation committee starts with early checking of all houses to make sure that they are ready to accommodate pilgrims and provide them with all the services they may require.
The Committee also inspects the availability of paper towels, garbage bins, bed covers and other amenities before the building is declared fit for accommodating pilgrims.
The Committee added that in the past many of the buildings were not fully suitable yet they were granted licenses to accommodate pilgrims because there was a shortage.
“This is a thing of the past now, The building has to be safe, comfortable and must have all the required services to be granted a license to house the pilgrims,” the minister said.
He said if the committee was convinced that the building was quite ready, it would be granted license and if not the owner would be asked to cover all the loopholes before it was ready to accommodate the Haj pilgrims.