Cairo: Saudi Arabia said the roof of the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, has been prepared for worshipers and visitors as their numbers increase during the current Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The Kingdom’s General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has confirmed that all services provided to worshipers on the roof of the Makkah Mosque are in “full preparation”, Saudi Press Agency SPA reported.
Roof balconies overlooking the mosque’s circumambulation courtyard will be reserved for Umrah pilgrims while the area behind the balconies will be reserved for other worshippers, the agency added.
Additionally, around 330 mosque employees have been tasked with regulating and managing worshipers’ access to the roof as part of an elaborate plan for Ramadan.
The presidency said all stairs and escalators leading to the venue as well as the sound system are in good condition, overseen by a team of specialists ensuring they are free from any defects, SPA reported.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is usually the peak season for Umrah at the Grand Mosque.
As the lunar month approaches, Saudi authorities have largely eased coronavirus restrictions and allowed the Grand Mosque and the Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque in Medina to operate at full capacity again.
Nearly 2 million people performed Umrah at the start of Ramadan, which began on April 2, according to Saudi figures.