Saudi Authorities announce testing 32 new technologies for 1445 Hajj campaign

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Saudi Authorities announce testing 32 new technologies for 1445 Hajj campaign

Saudi Minister of Transport and Logistic Services, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, announced, on Thursday, that 32 new technological innovations will be tested during the current pilgrimage season to offer various services from flying taxis to delivery services.

During a press conference on Mina site’s transportation system and logistical services, the minister revealed a new technology that will be applied for the first time on roads, namely the use of a mixture of asphalt and rubber for the layout of the main pedestrian zone to improve pilgrims’ comfort.

He also pointed out that the white coating had been more widely deployed, helping in reducing temperatures by more than 15 degrees Celsius, including the area adjacent to the Namira Mosque in Arafat, in addition to the increased use of drones to inspect and assess the road network using thermal scanning.

Al-Jasser also stated that the transportation and logistics system, with its facilities, frameworks and operational plans is fully prepared to ensure a safe and smooth movement of pilgrims through different air, land, sea and rail routes, from their arrival to the Kingdom and their passage through the two Holy Mosques until they complete their rituals and leave the country safely.

The arrival phase is proceeding smoothly, in accordance with the established plans, thanks to the mobilization of 47 specialized executives who were equipped with all the necessary tools to provide the best possible services, said the Saudi official, adding that six airports in the Kingdom were arranged to receive pilgrims’ flights by organizing 7,700 flights, offering 3.4 million seats on board and mobilizing 21,000 executives.

Al-Jassem also welcomed the complementary nature of all means of transport that allowed pilgrims to travel on board of 35 trains in the Haramain High Speed Railway (1.6 million seats), in addition to the 27,000 buses at their disposal.