A worker is seen cleaning the Maqam Ibrahim close to the Holy Kaabah in the Grand Mosque, Makkah. He is one of 15,000 workers mobilized by the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques to carry out its Haj plan for this year. — SPA

MOL launches Ajeer portal for temporary work in Haj

RIYADH/MAKKAH/MADINAH — The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has launched an electronic service for temporary work during the Haj season via ‘Ajeer’ portal. The aim is to provide an electronic market that shows the supply and demand for jobs during the Haj season, Saudi Press Agency reported Saturday.
The portal brings together owners of companies providing services to pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah provinces and individuals seeking temporary jobs during the Haj season. The jobseekers include Saudi citizens and expatriates, who are residing legally in the Kingdom.
The Undersecretary for the Ministry of Labor and Social Development for Labor Policies Dr. Ahmed Qattan said the portal for temporary jobs in Haj can be accessed via the link: https:www.temporarywork.com.sa.
The link enables owners of firms to offer vacancies they have during the Haj season via the portal. It also enables the jobseeker to review these jobs and choose the one that suits him.
Qattan added that the portal would provide a labor market based on demand and supply and bring together Haj companies with individuals wishing to work on temporary contracts. He added that it is conditional that the applicant should have performed Haj before, whether he is a Saudi or expatriate.
Additionally, the expatriate applicant should be on the job in a registered firm or he should be accompanying or is a member of one of the communities.
Qattan said the portal aims to enable companies to attract workers from within the Kingdom for work during the Haj season instead of recruiting workers from abroad. He further said a contract would be signed between Haj companies and workers. Paper contracts will be replaced with electronic ones.

Dr. Qattan called on Haj companies and individuals interested to work during the Haj season to avail of the services being provided by the portal.
The ministry has allocated the client service telephone number 920002866 in ‘Ajeer’.
In another development, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has mobilized over 15,000 regular and seasonal workers, apart from workers assigned in cleaning, maintenance and operation tasks in order to carry out its Haj plan for this year in the two holy mosques round the clock.
In a statement to the press, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, president of the affairs of the two holy mosques, said the plan aims to highlight the respectable universal image of the two holy mosques, shed light on the real values of Islam and disseminate its teachings, activate the enlightenment and guidance role of the two holy mosques and highlight the Kingdom’s role in serving the two holy mosques.
Meantime, the Haj and Umrah Pilgrim’s Gift Charitable Society in Makkah has employed 120 Saudi young men and women to work within its basic team in supervisory and field jobs. This comes within its initiatives to disseminate the culture of charitable work in society and instill Islamic values in Saudi young men and women.
This is also in implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to achieve one million volunteers in the nonprofit sector, aside from contributing to serving the pilgrims, Sheikh Saleh Bin Muhammad Al Talib, chairman of the board of directors of the society and imam and khateeb of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, said.
Meanwhile, the Holy Sites Committee in the Tawafa Establishment for Pilgrims of South Asian Countries distributed on Saturday the sites for accommodating pilgrims in Arafat among the heads of 118 offices. Of these, 70 offices will use buses for transporting pilgrims while 48 offices will use the Mashaer Train.
SPA also reported on Saturday that the number of pilgrims who arrived today in Madinah reached 31,050, according to statistics by the Haj-related bodies. This raises the total number of pilgrims who have arrived in Madinah to 303,900.
About 22,855 pilgrims came via Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport, in Madinah, 8,078 pilgrims through Hijrah station, 117 pilgrims came via the land routes, while 108,325 pilgrims have left to Makkah.
Statistics showed that the majority of pilgrims currently in Madinah are from Indonesia, with their number exceeding 54,954.