Pandeglang, Banten (ANTARA News) - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani has observed 32 hotels in Medina, Saudi Arabia for the Indonesian would be hajj pilgrims this year.

The minister made the remarks here on Sunday, while visiting the Mathla`ul Anwar educational institution in Menes sub-district, Pandeglang District, Banten Province.

The 32 hotels are close to the Nabawi Mosque, making it easier for Indonesian pilgrims to carry out the Arbain services (nine day-staying for prayers) in Medina.

In addition, Maharani visited seven lodgings of Hajj in Mecca, but one of them needs to be evaluated.

"Indonesia receives a quota of 221,000 would-be hajj pilgrims this year," the minister reiterated, adding that 204,000 regular pilgrims and 17,000 special pilgrims.

The government continues to evaluate and improve Hajj services for the Indonesian society.

"Hajj services have over the past three years continued to improve. The government should ensure that pilgrimage services are getting better," the minister stated earlier.

The Indonesian government has prepared housing, transportation, catering, health services with improved quality for pilgrims.

Reported by Mansyur

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