MAKKAH — Some 210 doors have been opened in the Grand Mosque in Makkah for the entry and exit of pilgrims, visitors and worshippers during Ramadan, according to director of the department of doors in the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Muhammad Bati.
He told Makkah Arabic daily on Tuesday that about 600 employees, wearing official uniforms and carrying IDs, will be guarding the doors.
Bati urged all pilgrims and visitors to cooperate with the guards to ensure smooth entry and exit.
He said the guards have been directed to treat pilgrims with hospitality and deal with them politely.
He also asked the employees of the Grand Mosque to prevent people from praying close to the doors and along the passages.
Bati urged visitors and pilgrims not to enter the Haram immediately after prayers.
He said Al-Salam door will be dedicated for the entry of the dead bodies for funeral prayer.
Bati said the special needs people can enter the Haram through a number of doors including Al-Salam, Al-Marwa, Quraish, Al-Abbas, King Fahd and Abdullah gates in addition to the doors No. 64, 68, 69, 74, 84, 89, 90, 93 and 94. He said there are lifts and escalators for special needs people.