What is the Road to Makkah Project?

The Road to Makkah Project is an initiative by the Saudi Government for Pakistani pilgrims to facilitate their Hajj and Umrah journeys. Under this project, the pilgrims clear all the immigration processes within their own country.

Afterward, once they reach Jeddah or Medinah, the pilgrims can directly travel to their hotels or respective residences without facing long queues for immigration and customs clearance at those airports. Thus, making their sacred journey time-saving, efficient, and hustle-free. 

Road to Makkah Project

The Road to Makkah Plan Project is news of big relief for the pilgrims who now can enjoy their holy voyage more peacefully. Previously, the “Road to Makkah project” was launched by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj & Umrah in 2019, starting from International Islamabad Airport. After its success, and the demand by other cities pilgrims, the Saudi Government on the Sindh government’s request has now launched the project at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.

The Pak Hajj App under Road to Makkah Project

The program also includes training the pilgrims about necessary procedures and preparations. Understanding the trend of AI, and modern and tech advancements, the government has digitized the systems by developing an application called “Pak Hajj App”. It’s an effective step by the government to bring everything to the mobile phone screens of the pilgrims. Through this app, they will get all the information about arrangements and training related to Hajj and Umrah. 

Road to Makkah Project

As AI and technological upgradation have revolutionized the world, advanced immigration technology will squeeze down the hours-long immigration process into a minute taking. So, Pakistanis can expect to enjoy this facility very soon. 

Who Avails Benefits of the Road To Makkah Project?

Road to Makkah Project

The Road to Makkah Project is a significant part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2023 Plan, dedicated to upgrading the holy journey. However, only those pilgrims can enjoy the hustle-free Road to Makkah, who perform the hajj and Umrah through government schemes. According to the data, almost 81,000 pilgrims performed the hajj in 2023 via the government scheme. However, private companies can also explore ways to avail of this project and facilitate private travelers.

Saudi Arab Interested to invest in Pakistan

Other than religious ventures, Saudia Arabia is also interested in investing in B2B and G2B deals. Being Pakistan’s largest trade partner in the Gulf region, bilateral trade between countries reached $5 billion. However, Pakistan faces a trade deficit of $4 billion. Therefore, the state must take serious steps to reduce the trade deficit and increase exports. One of the measures includes involving entrepreneurs, small businesses, and real estate projects to generate revenue for the country. 

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