The Grand Mosque in Mecca has announced a new initiative aimed at improving the experience for elderly and disabled pilgrims. The inclusive initiative, which will be implemented in phases, will provide a range of facilities and services to ensure that all pilgrims have equal access to the mosque and can perform their religious duties with ease.
The initiative was announced by the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque in Mecca, in partnership with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
The first phase of the initiative will include the installation of lifts and escalators in various parts of the mosque, as well as the addition of wheelchair-friendly ramps and access points.
Other features of the initiative will include special prayer areas for elderly and disabled pilgrims, with comfortable seating and easy access to ablution facilities.
The mosque will also provide wheelchairs and other mobility aids to those in need, along with trained staff to assist with any special requirements.
In addition to the physical facilities, the initiative will also provide training for mosque staff and volunteers to better understand the needs of elderly and disabled pilgrims, and to provide them with the necessary support and assistance.