MAKKAH — Around 1,500 Saudi women are assigned to perform various duties related to serving Umrah performers and visitors to the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
About 600 of them are involved in duties at the Agency for Technical and Service Affairs under the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, while 50 are managing electric carts.
There are 850 women in the Presidential Agency for Women’s Development Affairs who are distributed among the Agency for Women’s Development Affairs; Supporting Agency for Administrative and Service Affairs, and the Supporting Agency for the Guidance and Scientific Affairs.
According to a statement of the presidency, 50 percent of women who work in the General Department of Service Affairs are assigned to serve at the Department of Doors; Courtyards and Mobility Services; Cleaning and Carpets; the Zamzam Watering Unit, and the rest are distributed in various administrative works in the departments of the Presidency.
For her part, Dr. Al-Anoud Al-Aboud, deputy head of the presidency for women’s development affairs, affirmed that the participation of women members comes within the presidency’s future plan for the Transformational Initiatives 2024, which aims to improve the level of services provided at the Two Holy Mosques to the highest levels of quality in line with the aspirations of the wise leadership.
This also aims to achieve empowerment of women and their services to female pilgrims and visitors of the Grand Mosque in line with the goals of Vision 2030, she added.