KSRelief to boost cooperation with European commission

KSRelief is committed to alleviating the suffering of needy communities.
Updated 16 December 2017
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KSRelief to boost cooperation with European commission

BRUSSELS: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and the European Commission for Civil Protection and Human Assistance decided to boost cooperation during talks on Friday in Brussels, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
A KSRelief delegation led by Dr. Aqeel Al-Ghamdi, assistant secretary-general for planning and development, met with a task team of the commission in the presence of Saad bin Mohammed Al-Areefi, the permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the EU.
The meeting was briefed on the efforts of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action (KSCRHA), the SPA reported.
Meanwhile, the director of a hospital in the Khormaksar district of Aden, Yemen, expressed deep gratitude for KSRelief’s support to the facility.
A KSRelief rehabilitation team on Friday inspected the hospital, reviewed its needs, and met with the director and administrative and medical staff.
The director said the visit is a positive sign of fruitful cooperation in serving the Yemeni people.
KSRelief also distributed food baskets to displaced people in Yemen’s Saada governorate and Al-Rakza camp in Marib governorate, the SPA reported.
This aid is an extension of a project to distribute 49,000 food baskets in a number of governorates in Yemen. 


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.