Arab Parliament to meet today in Cairo

The assembly will be presided over by Arab Parliament Speaker Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami. (SPA)
Updated 10 December 2018
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Arab Parliament to meet today in Cairo

  • The Committee of Economic and Financial Affairs discussed the proposal of the model law to achieve food security in the Arab world

JEDDAH: The meetings of the four permanent committees of the Arab Parliament were held on Monday in Cairo to prepare for the agenda of the second general assembly that will be held on Tuesday at the Arab League’s headquarters. The assembly will be presided over by Arab Parliament Speaker Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami.
The Committee of Foreign, Political and National Security Affairs discussed its second report regarding the political situation in the Arab world. It also studied the draft resolution referred by the Parliament’s speaker regarding the recent developments in Yemen and the support of peace talks.
The Committee of Economic and Financial Affairs discussed the proposal of the model law to achieve food security in the Arab world.
The Legislative, Legal and Human Rights Committee discussed the draft resolution on the Arab Parliament’s solidarity with the Arab countries that have been struck by terrorism and complete support in their war against terrorism and terrorist organizations. The Committee for Social, Cultural, Women and Youth Affairs studied the coordination of efforts for the adoption of the Arab Parliament’s proposals on women rights and Arab youth.


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.