For the primary time, Saudi girls stand guard in Makkah throughout Hajj


Inspired by her late father’s profession, Mona determined to affix the army and the primary group of Saudi girls troopers to work in Islam’s holiest websites, the place they’re serving to safe the Hajj annual pilgrimage.

Since April, dozens of feminine troopers have turn out to be a part of the safety companies that monitor pilgrims in Makkah and Madina.

Dressed in a army khaki uniform, with a hip-length jacket, unfastened trousers and a black beret over a veil masking her hair, Mona spends her shifts roaming within the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

“I am following the steps of my late father to complete his journey, standing here at the Grand mosque in Makkah, the holiest place. To serve the worshippers is a very noble and honourable task,” stated Mona, who declined to provide her household title.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed by social and financial reforms as a part of plans to modernise the dominion and appeal to international funding below a diversification drive.

Under his reform plan, often known as Vision 2030, the crown prince lifted a driving ban on girls, allowed grownup girls to travel with out permission from guardians and granted them extra management over household issues.

Saudi Arabia has restricted the Hajj to its personal residents and residents for the second 12 months in a row, barring thousands and thousands of different pilgrims from overseas in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Samar, one other soldier watching pilgrims near the holy Kaaba, stated she was inspired by her household to affix the army, after psychology research.

“This is a huge accomplishment for us and it is the biggest pride to be in the service of religion, the country and the guests of God, the most merciful,” she stated.

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