Hajj pilgrims to see flying taxis, drone services in Saudi Arbia this year

Saudi Innovation Welcomed by Pakistan for Proceeding Care and Cutting-Edge Technology Aiding Pilgrims

Preview of a flying taxi trial in Saudi Arabia. Video still/YouTube/@GulfNewsVideo

This year’s Hajj will showcase cutting-edge transportation means as Saudi Arabia rolls out a pilot program for aerial taxis and drones aimed at enhancing the pilgrimage experience for the faithful coming from various parts of the world.

The Saudi Minister of Transport and Logistic Services, Saleh al-Jasser, discussed the operational testing of these futuristic vehicles during the upcoming Hajj season, with the objective of delivering unparalleled convenience to visitors.

During an appearance on Al Arabiya, a premier Arabic news outlet, Saleh unveiled plans for the introduction of these aerial solutions. He highlighted the immense competition among transport companies to deliver efficient services in ensuing years.

He conveyed the importance of meticulously integrating these technologies into future service enhancements for those undertaking the pilgrimage.

With the progressive growth of the travel sector, the Minister pointed out the necessity of embracing these innovations and exploring the most effective means of assimilating them into the pilgrimage operations for the benefit of the attendees.

Emphasizing the need for advancement, the Minister remarked, “It’s imperative that we stay at the forefront, making the most of these advanced services to maximize the advantages for the Hajj season,” he asserted.

Muhammad Umar, a spokesperson for Pakistan’s Religious Ministry who has overseen Hajj logistics from 2009, commended the Saudi initiative stating, “The Saudi government’s effort to advance the pilgrimage through the integration of technology exhibits a profound consideration for the well-being and ease of pilgrims.”

Umar reflected on his experiences: “Observing the Saudi government’s dedication to support the millions on their sacred voyage has been remarkable. Initiatives like the Hajj Portal and Nusuk application, particularly post-COVID, highlight their commitment to revitalizing and simplifying the Hajj encounter.”

He praised the Saudi forward-looking steps such as pre-booking Riazal Jannah (spots in Jannah), the institution of biometric e-visas, and the creation of a virtual Hajj application as examples of their intent to enhance the pilgrimage journey.

The Pakistani official emphasized that the collaborative efforts and shared vision are key to enriching the Hajj pilgrimage, transforming it into a profoundly moving and spiritually rewarding experience for all participants.

The Hajj pilgrimage, a cardinal component of Islamic faith, draws believers to the holiness of Makkah in Saudi Arabia to fulfill a vital religious duty.

Spanning from the 8th to the 13th of Dhu al-Hijjah, the event unites millions of Muslims worldwide in Makkah. This year’s Hajj is projected to initiate on June 14th. Apart from the specific days of Hajj, many faithfuls visit the holy places throughout the year, with the month of Ramadan seeing significantly large gatherings for Umrah. Saudi authorities continually strive to provide maximum support to the visitors during their spiritual sojourns.

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