Hajj 1445: Saudi Arabia launches digital identity service for the benefit of pilgrims


The Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the launch of Digital Identity, a service dedicated to pilgrims arriving in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through a visa issued under Hajj 1445.

The Pilgrims’ Digital Identity, developed in collaboration with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Hajj and Umrah, as well as the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, allows pilgrims to prove their identity, electronically , via the “Absher” and “Tawakkalna” platforms, during their travels, thus improving the quality of the services offered to them, and enriching their experience.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, the launch of this digital identity service as part of the country’s efforts to achieve the digital transition and put technology at the service of people, aims to achieve the highest standards quality in terms of services, and to follow digital developments in the provision of these services during their stay in the Kingdom.

In the same context, the Ministry of the Interior, represented by the General Directorate of Passports, launched a special stamp for beneficiaries of the “Road to Mecca” initiative, equipped with the visual identity of the initiative. This stamp is offered to beneficiaries in lounges set up in eleven airports in seven countries adhering to the initiative, including Morocco.

Likewise, government authorities are making all efforts to ensure the safety and security of pilgrims. Thus, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the start of the application of the sanction for violation of the rules and instructions of Hajj without a permit, a penalty of up to 10,000 riyals for any person who is apprehended without a Hajj permit , whether a citizen or resident.

As the Hajj season approaches, all security authorities are intensifying their surveillance to spot fake Hajj advertisements that mislead pilgrims, while making them vulnerable to fraud. The Saudi Interior Ministry has warned against these misleading announcements, while tightening the noose on fraudsters and campaign traffickers.

Also, authorities urged citizens and residents not to respond to false announcements via social media sites regarding performing Hajj for other people, obtaining and distributing the Eid sacrifice for pilgrims, the sale of Hajj bracelets, the guarantee of transport, and other misleading advertisements for the purpose of fraud through fake people and institutions, claiming that penalties provided for by law will be applied.

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