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Accommodation Preparation for Indonesian Hajj Pilgrims Has Reached 50 Percent

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Arsianews, Jakarta – The provision of accommodation services for Indonesian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia has reached 50 percent. This was stated by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Religion M Nur Kholis Setiawan after a meeting with the Commission VIII of the Indonesian House of Representatives in Makkah Al Mukarramah.

Last week, the House of Representatives Commission VIII led by Deputy Chairperson of the Commission Marwan Dasopang and Panja Team BPIH 2019 visited Saudi Arabia to review the process of preparing services for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. This is the second phase of the visit after the previous visit took place January 29 to February 1, 2019 led by the Director General of Hajj and Umrah (PHU) Implementation Nizar.

The meeting with nine members of the House of Representatives Commission VIII took place at the Daker Makkah Office. Present at the meeting were Secretary General of the Ministry of Religion Nur Kholis Setiawan, Secretary of the Directorate General of Hajj and Umrah Organization Ramadhan Harisman, Director of Domestic Hajj Services Muhajirin Yanis, Director of Foreign Hajj Services Sri Ilham Lubis. Also participating in the Hajj Consul meeting or Hajj Technical Staff (STH) of the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah Endang Jumali along with the ranks and heads of the Hajj Pilgrimage Service Provision Team in Saudi Arabia which included accommodation, catering, and transportation.

“The supply process, especially related to accommodation services for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, has reached 50 percent in this month,” Nur Kholis said in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

MenuruNur Kholis, the stages of providing this service include preparation, selection, announcement, and submission of proposals for service providers to be contracted. “The accommodation team has the task of preparing, selecting, and proposing the provision of accommodation for pilgrims with the principles of effectiveness, transparency and accountability,” he said.

He said, the total need for hajj accommodation in Makkah reached 210,697 people. This includes 204,000 worshipers, flight attendants, non-trainees, remaining placements, and reserves. While the need for accommodation in Madinah is 209,967 people.

“The accommodation team with 12 personnel will be on duty for 86 days. Currently they are only in charge for a month. I am optimistic the target will be fulfilled on time,” he said

Nur Kholis added, the placement of accommodation for pilgrims in Mecca this year will use the new scheme. Hajj pilgrims will be placed based on the grouping of regions of origin in certain zones. This zoning scheme is expected to facilitate supervision of services and minimize problems due to cultural differences and language barriers.

“The application of this method will certainly be followed by adjusting the catering services of pilgrims who are expected to be more easily conditioned by matching tastes according to the tastes of each region,” he explained.

In addition to accommodation, the meeting also discussed the development of the provision of catering and transportation services. The Director of Foreign Hajj Services Sri Ilham Lubis said that the process of procuring catering services had entered the stage of direct observation to the field. The review is carried out to ensure the readiness of the kitchen of the company that has submitted the offer.

“This is the fifth stage, after the announcement of procurement, acceptance of registration, aanwijzing, and submission of bids and submission of administrative documents,” Ilham said.

Whereas for the provision of transportation services it is still in the stage of receiving registration from transportation companies for intercity transportation services. Because, unlike accommodation and catering, the new transportation team arrived and served in Saudi Arabia for several days.

“Intercity transportation is planned for six travel routes, namely Amir Muhammad bin Abdul Azizi Airport (AMAA) to Hotels in Medina, from Medina to Makkah, from Makkah to King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAAIA) Jeddah, from KAAIA Jeddah to hotels in Makkah, from Makkah goes to Madinah, and from Madinah to AMAA Airport. With that route, a total of 14,409 trips will be carried out which will be managed by Naqabah (a transportation company association organization) and companies or companies, “he said.

“For the salawat service (shuttle bus to the Grand Mosque of Makkah) it is planned to use 395 buses during operation,” he said.

The House of Representatives Commission VIII appreciates developments and breakthroughs in preparing services for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. They welcomed the plan to implement zoning in the placement of pilgrims and the policy of catering raw materials imported from Indonesia. Moreover, the placement of pilgrims in tents this year will also be regulated by Indonesian hajj officials, not by maktab.

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