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The number of tracks designated for encircling the Holy Kaaba in the Grand Mosque has increased by 11 tracks to reach 25, a Saudi official has said.

The General Presidency for Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has rearranged the tracks in the circumambu­lation courtyard in the holy site, introducin­g more tracks, Engineer Osama Al Hejeili, the head of the Grouping Directorat­e, said.

Four tracks are designated for the elderly worshipper­s and people with special needs. “This is part of efforts to ensure comfort for the Umrah pilgrims while implementi­ng precaution­ary measures and physical distancing for their safety,” he added.

The official said that the General Presidency is operating at full capacity during the Ramadan to serve the Umrah pilgrims and has allocated the whole circumambu­lation courtyard of the Grand Mosque for the pilgrims. He urged the Umrah pilgrims to abide by the timings specified to them to have access to the mosque and perform the rituals as permitted via the smartphone app “Etamarna”.

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