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.


Players arrive safely in Rostov after minor technical fault with plane: Saudi football federation

Updated 18 June 2018
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Players arrive safely in Rostov after minor technical fault with plane: Saudi football federation

JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said everyone is safe after a minor technical fault with the plane carrying the team to Rostov, in Russia. 

A video, which appeared on Social media, showed a fire on one of the aircraft’s engines.

In a Twitter post, the federation confirmed the team had landed safely in Rostov, where they will play Group A favorites Uruguay in the World Cup on Wednesday.