E-service for Umrah expanded

Updated 07 January 2013
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E-service for Umrah expanded

The Ministry of Haj has started implementing electronic service for Umrah pilgrims this year.
“We have received applications for 700 Umrah visas through the new system, including 280 from Indonesia, 227 from South Africa, 43 from Pakistan, 30 from US, 29 from Kenya, 25 from Turkey and 50 other countries,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday.
The ministry is conducting a series of studies for developing its administrative infrastructure and improving operational performance of Haj and Umrah service companies.
The ministry is developing its Haj and Umrah strategy with the support of a specialized consultancy. The new strategy aims at strengthening the ministry’s electronic services. The ministry said it would provide all its services electronically and has taken a number of initiatives.
“We have invested a lot of money to develop our e-service platform and improve our electronic links with foreign agents.”
Last year, more than 5.5 million foreign pilgrims performed Umrah.


Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

Updated 24 May 2018
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Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

  • The missile was fired towards the Saudi Arabian province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday
  • It was launched from the Houthi strong-hold in the Yemeni province of Saada

DUBAI: Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia towards the border province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday morning, Al Ekhbariya TV reported.

The ballistic missile was launched from the Houthi strong-hold province of Saada.

The missile was spotted at 1:58am on Thursday and was headed towards Jazan city, targeting civilian and populated areas.

The Saudi Royal Air Force (RAFF) was able to intercept the missile and destroy it.

The Iranian-backed Houthis have fired a number of missiles over the border at Saudi cities, including the capital, Riyadh, in breach of international laws banning the targeting of civilian areas.

And on Wednesday UAE coalition forces intercepted two boats in the Red Sea being used by the Houthis to target a tanker.