On September 21st, Teerayuth Aiumtrakul, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over a meeting to discuss and prepare facilitation to Phuket Muslim residents who want to fly to attend the Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during October to December 2010. There were related representatives from the government, local administrative organizations and private sectors attending the meeting.
This year there were 350 Phuket Muslims applying to attend the Hajj in Mecca. The number was estimated to soon reach 500. However, the Muslims were worried they could not get visas from the Saudi Arabia Embassy on time since the applications were not yet ready or granted, and they want the government to help solve any related problems to bilateral relations.
This year some Muslims from Phuket would leave for the Hajj in Saudi Arabia at 1.00 p.m. on October 17th -18th. They would fly back to Phuket at 8.15 a.m. on December 7th-8th. The Hajj service center was set up in the multipurpose building of Phuket International Airport to facilitate Muslims who would attend the Hajj and their relatives.