Title: Electronic internal Hajj permit generation system workflow in KSA

Authors: Amira S. Ashour; Wahiba Ben Abdessalem Karaa; Sakila Banu Ali; Samsad Beagum; Sami Karâa

Addresses: Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Tanta University, Egypt; Computer Science Department, College of Computers and Information Technology, Taif University, KSA ' Computer Science Department, College of Computers and Information Technology, Taif University, KSA; RIADI-GDL Laboratory, ENSI, Tunis, Tunisia ' Computer Science Department, College of Computers and Information Technology, Taif University, KSA ' Computer Science Department, College of Computers and Information Technology, Taif University, KSA ' STEG, Tunisia

Abstract: Hajj is the Muslims' largest annual pilgrimage in the world. About two million pilgrims from nearly 200 countries gather every year in Makkah in Saudi Arabia, to perform Hajj. While, both Saudi and non-Saudi resident Muslims in Saudi Arabia get their Hajj permits from Saudi Jawazat (general directorate of passports). There is no online system for residents to apply for Hajj permit. The Jawazat faces many difficulties to manage the crowding agents during the Hajj registration period. To overcome these difficulties, this paper proposes an Electronic Hajj Permit Issuance System to automate the process of issuing Hajj permits for applicants residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This system will provide electronic services for all the procedures involved in the Hajj application process like registration, required documents submission, follow-up and issuance of Hajj permit. It allows the applicants to manage Hajj application procedures easily 'at anytime and anywhere'.

Keywords: electronic permits; e-permits; online permits; Hajj permits; annual pilgrimage; Jawazat; Kafeel; e-government; electronic government; e-Hajj; e-services; electronic services; workflow; KSA; Saudi Arabia; system prototype; Muslims; Hajj application process; online registration; e-registration; electronic registration; Islam.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIEI.2015.073086

International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics, 2015 Vol.3 No.4, pp.349 - 368

Available online: 15 Nov 2015 *

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