Over 12,000 Haj pilgrims return
through Ghuwaifat border

ABU DHABI — Around 12,795 Haj pilgrims returned home using the Al Ghuwaifat border check point.

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Published: Mon 22 Nov 2010, 12:24 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:05 PM

The UAE-Saudi check post was geared up to welcome the pilgrims by providing comforts and fast check-in procedures. Major Salem bin Tasah Al Amri, head of the Al Ghuwaift Border Security section of Abu Dhabi Police, said the border checkpoint, with its entire police, security and civilian officials, received as many as 549 buses of Haj tour operators. Large multi-lanes yard was designated for buses and private cars for check-in procedures, said Maj. Amri.

He said a total of 20 officers at the passport counters were assigned with the task to process the check-in procedures of the pilgrims. Maj. Amri explainedthat each tour operator collected passports from the pilgrims and submitted them to the passport officer during which time the pilgrims took rest at a nearby air-conditioned tent where refreshments were available.

Likewise for female pilgrims, another tent was reserved where they were served by female police officers and volunteers from the Western Region, he said. The Abu Dhabi Police dedicated a special tent with the same facilities for the Haj pilgrims of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan who were passing through the Al Ghuwaifat checkpoint.


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