To make it easier for pilgrims to fulfill immigration formalities from their home countries, Saudi Arabia established the ‘Road to Makkah’ project in five countries, including Pakistan, in 2019.
The initiative is of national interest and is sponsored by the Ministry of Interior KSA. It seeks to provide an immigration facility for all Hajj pilgrims at Islamabad International Airport. Furthermore, a committee formed under the auspices of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior entrusted local enterprises with carrying out this initiative in all authorized nations with the assistance of local authorities.
In this regard, Inbox Business Technologies is serving as their local partner in Pakistan. Liaising with local authorities such as Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Religious Affairs Pakistan.
Inbox is one of the country’s major systems integrators.
It has delivered some of the most complex and significant large projects in the telecom, enterprise, and financial services. Along with public sectors, including Intelligent Transportation System (Urban Mass Transit), eGovernment Solutions in ET&NC Sindh & Punjab for Motor Vehicle Registration, the first Public Cloud deployment in Pakistan for NTC, Web Monitoring System for PTA, and Smart Lock Down System for NCOC, using cutting-edge technologies.
Their combined experience in network and security infrastructure deployments, compute, and storage build-outs. Along with cloud application development that helps convert organizations into industry disruptors. While competing in the digital economy through cost-effective solutions.
Furthermore, the company’s participation in this project will assure the pilgrims’ ease of entry and the seamless operation of all procedures.
This includes handling the entire pilgrim travel procedure before leaving Pakistan. Issuing visas electronically, collecting biometrics from all pilgrims, sorting. And labeling baggage in accordance with transportation and accommodation arrangements in KSA, and completing travel procedures at Islamabad International Airport after verifying health requirements.
In addition upon arrival, buses will transport pilgrims to their homes in Makkah or Madinah through designated roads. Moreover, the logistics companies will bring their luggage to the hotels. This effort would cut on-ground immigration time in Saudi Arabia. From 5-6 hours to 1-2 hours for every aircraft in Pakistan, easing the burden on pilgrims and workers alike.