Saudi’s Nebras organizes Hajj trips for recovering addicts

Updated 30 August 2017
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Saudi’s Nebras organizes Hajj trips for recovering addicts

MINA: The National Committee for Narcotics Control (Nebras) believes that organizing Hajj trips for recovering drug addicts is an essential component of the recovery process.
Abdulilah bin Mohammed Al-Sharif, the secretary-general of Nebras, said that organizing Hajj trips for recovering addicts is a way for them to improve their self-esteem within the religious, psychological and national dimensions of the pilgrimage.
Al-Sharif said that certain conditions had to be met for these recovering addicts to perform the Hajj such as the length of sobriety, completion of an aftercare program, the genuine desire for recovery, and psychological stability.
In addition, he said that this trip is meant to strengthen the religious belief of the recovering addicts and help them realize that true happiness is pleasing God, having good friends, and changing their old behaviors.
Al-Sharif reported that the Nebras is still seeking to receive more addicts to help them become effective members of society. He said Saudi Arabia is exerting all possible efforts to fight drugs, with security, prevention, treatment and education.


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.