1,141,998 Hajj pilgrims have left Saudi Arabia so far, says Passport Department

Pilgrims are seen visiting a holy site in Madinah on Sunday.  Some 194,373 Hajj pilgrims were still in Madinah as of Sunday, awaiting their return flights to their home countries. (SPA)
Updated 10 September 2018
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1,141,998 Hajj pilgrims have left Saudi Arabia so far, says Passport Department

JEDDAH: The total number of Hajj pilgrims departing via land, air and sea ports of the Kingdom has reached 1,141,998, according to the statistics issued by the Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat).

The directorate said the number of pilgrims leaving by air was 1,042,305, by land 83,339 and by sea 15,954.

The number of pilgrims who arrived in Madinah reached 553,151, while the total number remaining in Madinah is 194,373, authorities said.

Meanwhile, pilgrims who were part of the Guests of King Salman for Hajj and Umrah program has thanked the Saudi authorities for the welcome they received, and shared stories of the heartbreaking suffering and loss they have endured over the years at home.

King Salman praised the efficient organization of the Hajj, which allowed the pilgrims “to perform their duties with ease, security and reassurance in a serene environment.” The king and the crown prince also thanked Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, head of Supreme Hajj Committee, for ensuring the successful implementation of Hajj plans.

 

 


Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

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Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

  • Mohammed bin Salman says value of investments to increase rapidly over next two years
  • Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements

DUBAI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he expects Saudi Arabia’s investments in India will be worth $100 billion in the next two years.

During a press conference with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the crown prince said the Kingdom had invested $10 billion in technology and small companies in India which had “achieved very remarkable returns.”

Speaking on the second day of hist India visit, and after the signing of five agreements with Modi, the crown prince also said that there were many opportunities for India in Saudi Arabia.

“We expect that the opportunity we are developing in India in many fields will exceed 100 billion dollars over the next two years,” Prince Mohammed said. “We want to work as two governments to ensure these investments and achieve beneficial returns for both countries. 

“We also hope that relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India will contribute to providing more opportunities for Indian laborers and manpower to contribute to the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and building the Kingdom's Vision 2030.”

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The crown prince spoke of the depth and history of relations between the two countries, acknowledging the role Indian labor and businesses had played in the Kingdom’s development.

He also said the economic partnerships were grounded in the two nation’s similar challenges - “extremism, terrorism and the security of the Indian Ocean.”

He said Modi’s visit to the Kingdom in 2016 had achieved investments worth $44 billion in refining and petrochemicals.

The two countries planned to expand India’s oil storage capacity to make India an “important regional center in distributing oil and its products.”

"As a neighbor who guarantees suppying us with energy needs, the Kingdom is considered India's most important partner," Modi said. "We have enhanced our relations through establishing a strategic partnership."

The crown prince and Modi earlier oversaw the signing of agreements in the fields of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting.

It was also announced that the Kingdom would join the International Solar Alliance, a group of countries focussed on improving solar technology.

Prince Mohammed then met a number of CEOs from India's leading businesses.

The crown prince arrived in India after a two-day trip to Pakistan as part of a tour of Asia.

Earlier he attended a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi after landing in the country on Tuesday evening.