Albania to issue on arrival visas to Saudi tourists during summer

Sami Shiba
Updated 26 April 2017

Albania to issue on arrival visas to Saudi tourists during summer

RIYADH: During the summer holidays, Albania will issue on arrival visas to Saudi tourists, the country’s Ambassador Sami Shiba told Arab News on Wednesday.
Shiba said that the new system is being introduced to attract more Saudi tourists to his country.
“During the summer, Saudi citizens can travel to Albania without visas, without having to obtain a visa at the Embassy of Albania,” Shiba said. “Travel can be done with their passports.”
Entry visas will be given for a period three months to stay in Albania. He urged Saudis to seize this opportunity to visit Tirana for business or leisure.
He pointed out that many Saudis are going to Tirana to spend their holidays for leisure or on business. He said that his tourism department has made special arrangements to look after Saudis’ interests during their period of stay in the country. He also said there are no direct flights to Tirana from Riyadh. However, he said that there are convenient connections to Albania from the Kingdom via Doba with Qatar Airways.
Albania, he said, is a safe country. Albanians are very open toward foreigners. Hospitality is an old Albanian tradition. Foreigners are always treated with special respect.
The ambassador said Albania is rich with traditions and folklore and visitors will be able to enjoy this wealth inherited over the centuries that still continues to blossom nowadays.
He said during 2016, Albania recorded over 4.7 million tourists.
Shiba said the two countries enjoy friendly relations and Albania is keen on developing relations in various fields under the new transformation plan in line with the Vision 2030.


Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

Updated 23 August 2019

Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon

GROZNY: The minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance headed the Saudi delegation to the opening of what Chechen authorities said is the largest mosque in Europe on Friday.
Upon his arrival at Grozny International Airport, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said the construction of the Fakhr Al-Muslimeen Mosque is a source of happiness.
The marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the “largest and most beautiful” mosque in Europe.
The opening was held under the patronage of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, with the participation of Islamic delegations from a number of countries.
Al-Asheikh was received by Salah Mezhiev, advisor to Kadyrov and Chechnya’s supreme mufti, as well as other officials. Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia works hard to spread moderation throughout the Islamic world.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the first Friday sermon to be given in the mosque at the request of President Kadyrov.
Kadyrov welcomed the Saudi delegation and congratulated the Kingdom’s leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
He hailed Saudi support for Islamic unity, spreading moderation and combating all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, also attended the opening of the mosque.
The mosque's grounds, planted with flowers and sprinkled with fountains, can host an additional 70,000 worshippers, local authorities said.