MAKKAH — The Ministry of Haj and Umrah has licensed 235 companies to provide services to pilgrims and asked the General Syndicate of Cars to improve the transport services to cope with the rising number of visitors to the holy city.

The ministry has also designed a special smartphone app to document the accommodation of pilgrims and established a control center to follow up on its operational plans.

This was announced during a meeting of the Central Haj Committee in Makkah on Monday under the chairmanship of Deputy Emir Prince Abdullah Bin Bandar.