Pakistan’s engineers organize fun-filled picnic with families

Families enjoy traditional Pakistani lunch during a picnic organized by Pakistani engineers in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 16 February 2017
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Pakistan’s engineers organize fun-filled picnic with families

RIYADH: The Institution of Engineers Pakistan, Saudi Arabian Chapter (IEP-SAC) arranged a family picnic last Friday in Riyadh.
Scores of Pakistani engineers residing in Riyadh attended the event along with their families.
A newly built venue was chosen in Muzahimiyah to let people enjoy the traveling and landscape. It was a full-day event filled with fun, entertainment, games and amusement.
There were activities for every age group, which kept the families engaged for the whole day.
Several dignitaries from the Pakistani Embassy along with their families attended the event, organized to provide a much-needed break from routine life.
Children were enthralled to compete in various games. Youths played cricket, table tennis and took part in several other group activities.
Large crowds gathered to watch the teams compete in cricket tournament, tug of war and musical chairs.
A poetry session (mushaira) highlighted participants’ literary values alongside a quiz competition. Women had their share of enjoyment with performances, riddles and jokes.
The event started with a traditional Pakistani breakfast. The momentum reached its climax after Juma prayer when all the activities started. Special arrangements were made to serve “paan” to the people.
The concluding session was organized after sunset. S.M. Iqbal, general-secretary of IEPSAC, reiterated the need to participate in the group’s scholarship program covering 12 Pakistani universities. Gifts were distributed among game winners. A lucky draw was also held.


Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. (SPA)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

  • Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
There are 399,479 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 277,372 in Makkah and 122,107 in Madinah.
Most pilgrims — 2,288,789 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 257,266 entered by land and 15,486 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (681,392) followed by Indonesia (447,450), India (306,470), Yemen (146,067), Malaysia (142,290), Algeria (92,752), Turkey (86,925), Egypt (85,438), Bangladesh (53,131) and the UAE (62,927).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 9,983 Saudis including 8,259 males and 1,724 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.