Religious tourists hail visit to Jeddah

SCTH recently introduced a special program for Umrah visitors under the name Umrah Plus. (SPA)
Updated 04 March 2017
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Religious tourists hail visit to Jeddah

JEDDAH: Umrah visitors have been making sightseeing visits to Jeddah, Taif and other cities after their religious trips to Makkah and Madinah, as part of a drive to encourage tourism in Saudi Arabia.
A number of visitors from Turkey, Indonesia and Bangladesh visited the Jeddah Corniche and talked with Arab News.
Asif Kabir, who came from Bangladesh with his wife to perform Umrah, described the Rahma Mosque as quite amazing. He was impressed at seeing a number of Umrah visitors who also came to visit Jeddah, especially the famous Jeddah Corniche.
Another pilgrim from Indonesia, Abdul Razak, said that he enjoyed the visit to the Kingdom to perform Umrah, visiting Jeddah after the religious tour of Madinah and Makkah.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) aims to provide Umrah visitors with the opportunity to visit additional valuable and distinctive tourism sites to enjoy their social, cultural, natural and economic dimensions.
Majid Shudi, general director of media and public relations at the SCTH, told Arab News that the commission is doing everything possible to enhance tourism in the Kingdom.
He explained that SCTH recently introduced a special program for Umrah visitors under the name Umrah Plus.
The program includes the Umrah pilgrimage and a visit to another city of the Kingdom through licensed tour operators.
He said the program started recently, and tour operators in the Kingdom are gradually offering packages to visitors, city by city. Right now, they are starting with Jeddah and Taif, and cities that are nearby Makkah and Madinah.
However, the program will gradually broaden and visitors will be offered visits to more distant cities.


KSA, Mauritania sign MoU to promote moderate values in society

Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Asheikh and his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 10 December 2018
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KSA, Mauritania sign MoU to promote moderate values in society

  • The Mauritanian minister hailed the strong bonds and historical relations between the two countries and their cooperation in many fields

JEDDAH: The Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mauritania’s Islamic Affairs Ministry to increase cooperation in different fields and to promote the concepts of moderation in Islam.
The MoU was signed between Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Asheikh and his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs headquarters in Riyadh.
The MoU included nine main articles. It envisages cooperation in introducing Islam and its position on contemporary issues, serving the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah, and cooperation in mosque affairs, their construction and maintenance.
In addition to that, the two sides will work under this MoU to adopt and propose programs to explain and promote concepts of moderation in Islam and assist the progress and advancement of Muslim nation in various fields.
The two sides will also share information, coordinate their efforts during international events, and cooperate in preparing studies and conducting research related to protecting, reviving and spreading Islamic heritage.
The MoU also stated that the two sides shall encourage the exchange of visits at various levels, participate in Islamic seminars and conferences held in both countries, and form a joint committee for the implementation of the MoU’s content.
The MoU concluded that the Hijri date is to be used in all correspondence between the two sides. The MoU shall enter into force on the date of its signature between the two sides and it shall be implemented within five years and will be automatically renewed for the similar duration unless one side informs the other that they wish to amend or terminate it.
Al-Asheikh said: “This memorandum of understanding comes under the guidance of King Salman and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in the framework of the distinguished historical relations between the two countries, especially in serving Islam and Muslims.”
He referred to what has been achieved through Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent visit to Mauritania, which was the first visit of a senior Saudi official to Mauritania in four decades to strengthen relations between the two countries to unprecedented levels.
Al-Asheikh pointed out that the MoU will promote joint cooperation in various fields.
The Mauritanian minister hailed the strong bonds and historical relations between the two countries and their cooperation in many fields.
He also praised the articles of the MoU, which he described as important and historical.