Saudi Media Ministry holds annual ceremony to honor delegations participating in Hajj coverage

The Saudi Ministry of Media held in Jeddah on Thursday its annual ceremony to honor media delegations that participated in coverage of this year's Hajj season, in the presence of Saudi Media Minister Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah.

Addressing the ceremony, Al-Shabanah expressed gratitude and appreciation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for their personal attention to the full readiness for the Hajj season and their tireless follow-up on the pilgrims' conditions through direct supervision of all the pilgrimage stages until they felt reassured that their instructions, in this regard, were completely carried out.

Allah has honored Saudi Arabia to serve the Two Holy Mosques and the guests of Rahman including Hajj pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors, he said, adding that providing services and facilitation for pilgrims to perform their rituals in ease and comfort is the top priority of the Saudi leadership.

Al-Shabanah honored participating bodies from inside and outside the ministry. He extended his thanks and appreciation to the media outlets for their efforts and coverage of Hajj, which enabled pilgrims to share their stories and spiritual experiences with the world.

The ceremony featured speeches by guests of the ministry, who commended the Kingdom's efforts to serve pilgrims. A presentation of those efforts were also shown during the ceremony.

According to the General Authority for Statistics, a total of 2,489,406 pilgrims participated in this year's Hajj pilgrimage, of whom 1,855,027 came from outside Saudi Arabia, and 634,379 pilgrims were from within the Kingdom.

Source: International Islamic News Agency