Saudi officials announced Monday (July 9th) that the Kingdom has completed preparations to receive millions of umrah pilgrims from around the world for the holy month of Ramadan, Saudi Arabia's Okaz reported.
Interior Minister Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz approved the civil defence measures, which deal with emergencies in Mecca and Medina during the holy month. Eighteen government ministries and agencies will participate to provide the highest levels of security, officials said.
The newspaper said the plan will make use of more than 10,000 civil defence officers and personnel, 1,500 vehicles and nine planes.
Lt. Gen. Saad al-Tuwaijri, director general of civil defence, told the newspaper the plan will focus on three areas: prevention, rapid intervention to deal with any incidents that might arise, and awareness and guidance for umrah pilgrims.