First pilgrims make journey with official launch of ‘Makkah Road’ initiative

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The official launch of the Makkah Road initiative in Indonesia was marked on Tuesday by the first journey of Indonesian pilgrims from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport to the Holy Land. (SPA)
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The official launch of the Makkah Road initiative in Indonesia was marked on Tuesday by the first journey of Indonesian pilgrims from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport to the Holy Land. (SPA)
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The official launch of the Makkah Road initiative in Indonesia was marked on Tuesday by the first journey of Indonesian pilgrims from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport to the Holy Land. (SPA)
Updated 17 July 2018
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First pilgrims make journey with official launch of ‘Makkah Road’ initiative

  • The official launch of the Makkah Road initiative in Indonesia was marked on Tuesday
  • The attendees were briefed on how the service is organized at the airport and how procedures are being implemented

JEDDAH: The official launch of the Makkah Road initiative in Indonesia was marked on Tuesday by the first journey of Indonesian pilgrims from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport to the Holy Land.
Attending from Saudi Arabia were Major General Sulaiman Al-Yahya, the director general of passports; Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi, Saudi ambassador to Indonesia; and members of the supervisory committee of the relevant bodies providing services to pilgrims in the Kingdom.
The attendees were briefed on how the service is organized at the airport and how procedures are being implemented. They also met the first Indonesian pilgrims departing through the electronic system in Jakarta and got their feedback on the new system.
The head of the Saudi delegation, Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya, said that the Makkah Road Initiative comes as a function of the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The directives are to serve pilgrims in line with NTP 2020 and Vision 2030 under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Interior, heading the Supreme Hajj Committee.
“The first journey of the Indonesian pilgrims who have benefited from the Makkah Road service has taken off today. Previously, the first two journeys of pilgrims from Malaysia had been launched from Kuala Lumpur Airport. This initiative will be implemented in any country that wishes to benefit from it,” Al-Yahya said.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Hussein Al-Sharif, said that the initiative aims to enhance the pilgrimage services, and facilitate the journeys of the pilgrims.
The Makkah Road initiative was partially implemented during the previous Hajj season in 1438H (2017), processing a limited number of Malaysian pilgrims, and will apply to all Malaysian pilgrims this year (1439H -2018). On Sunday, Saudi Arabia launched two journeys in Malaysia, allowing the Malaysian pilgrims to benefit from immigration pre-clearance and other services that will facilitate their journey to perform pilgrimage.
The initiative includes issuance of visas, completion of customs and passport procedures, ensuring compliance with health requirements, codifying and sorting luggage according to transportation and housing arrangements in Saudi Arabia.
All the above will hugely facilitate the pilgrims’ entry into the Kingdom, allowing them to head directly to their accommodation in Makkah and Medinah, while their luggage is handled by service agencies that transport baggage directly to the visitors’ places of residence.


No delays in private sector’s payments, says Saudi ministry

Updated 11 min 44 sec ago
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No delays in private sector’s payments, says Saudi ministry

  • Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia more than doubled in 2018 to reach $3.5 billion

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Finance Ministry has confirmed that 97 percent of its payments for private sector contracts are paid within 30 days of issue, with 99 percent paid within 60.

The remaining 1 percent of payments, the ministry said, were not made due to court orders, or as a result of disputes between the government and the client, and were subject to contractual dispute resolution mechanisms. 

Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia more than doubled in 2018 to reach $3.5 billion.

Attracting foreign investment is a key part of the Vision 2030 plan to diversify the economy away from oil revenues. 

The Kingdom is also taking all steps to make small and medium enterprises the main engine for economic development.