‘Cutting prices helped raise Umrah pilgrim numbers’

In this Jan. 13, 2016 photo, Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia during the minor pilgrimage, known as Umrah. (AP)
Updated 19 May 2016

‘Cutting prices helped raise Umrah pilgrim numbers’

JEDDAH: A drop in prices of up to 40 percent for Umrah packages has resulted in more pilgrims arriving this year compared to the same period last year, according to a report in a local publication on Wednesday.
Abdullah Al-Qadi, vice president of the national committee for Haj and Umrah, was quoted as saying that there was an increase in 250,000 pilgrims or 5 percent, to 5.5 million for the period under review.
Al-Qadi said an expected 1 million more pilgrims are expected for Ramadan this year, which would further boost the numbers. “When the Umrah season started we noticed a drop in the numbers, especially during the first four months,” Al-Qadi told the publication.
He said that meetings were held with the Ministry of Haj and Umrah to discuss the reasons for this drop, which included global economic conditions and holidays in other countries not coinciding with the start of the season.
He said prices were reduced by 30 to 40 percent, unlike other seasons when there was only a drop of about 10 percent. This resulted in a rise in numbers within two months.
This season would also be better because of the removal of the temporary bridge on the mataf, the circumambulation area around the Kaaba. This would allow pilgrims to perform Umrah easier.


Saudi books translated into Mandarin launched

Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin. (SPA)
Updated 24 August 2019

Saudi books translated into Mandarin launched

  • Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin

BEIJING: Three books on Saudi classical literature, which were translated into the Chinese language, were launched at a ceremony organized by the Beijing Teachers Qualification Publishing House.
The event was held in cooperation with the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge in Riyadh, and the Department of Arabic Language at Beijing University for Foreign Studies.
It was attended by the Saudi ambassador to China, Turki Al-Madi, the president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Dr. Yahya bin Junaid, and Chinese officials. Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin.