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Saudi authorities, volunteers ensure smooth pilgrimage for disabled visitors

Saudi authorities, volunteers ensure smooth pilgrimage for disabled visitors

Jeddah: The Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah have implemented comprehensive accessibility measures to provide a memorable and inclusive experience for all pilgrims, including those with disabilities.

The General Authority for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque has declared efforts to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. This extends from their arrival at the mosques' courtyards to the completion of their religious duties.

A specialized team ensures the smooth experience of pilgrims with disabilities, with prayer rooms, doors, bridges and elevators adapted to accommodate their unique requirements. Specifically designed prayer areas for those with visual, hearing and physical disabilities are managed by the Grand Mosque's General Administration for Persons with Disabilities.

Expanded areas at both mosques provide services that meet the health and security requirements of visitors with disabilities. Ramps, stairs, elevators, slopes and specially equipped bridges have been upgraded to ensure accessibility. Sign language interpretation is available to assist the hard of hearing.

Volunteer healthcare teams are available to attend to the needs of worshippers with disabilities. Golf carts are provided in the Grand Mosque courtyards exclusively for individuals with disabilities, facilitating their movement to designated gates.

Thirty-two gates, including specific ones like numbers 68, 74, 79, 84, 89, 90, 93 and 94, have been equipped with ramps for easier entry and exit. Key bridges such as Ajyad Bridge, Shubaika Bridge and Marwah Bridge have been upgraded to provide suitable services.

Yahya Al-Harbi, a sign-language interpreter, ensures that the weekly Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah are accessible to the deaf and mute community. Al-Harbi translates Friday sermons and handles educational sessions and religious inquiries for those with impaired hearing.

Abdullah Al-Ghamdi emphasized Saudi Arabia's commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities, particularly at the Grand Mosque in Makkah. Specialized professionals and trainers within the precincts of the Grand Mosque ensure that facilities are accessible at all times.

Volunteers use sign language to assist visitors with disabilities, ensuring their needs are met during their spiritual pilgrimage.

These initiatives enhance the spiritual experience for all worshippers, embodying the principles of compassion and support.

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