Organization of Islamic Cooperation approves aid for four education projects

OIC approved humanitarian assistance for six projects in Palestine. (SPA)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation approves aid for four education projects

  • The aid is an expression of solidarity from the OIC, represented by the Islamic Solidarity Fund

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, has approved aid for four education projects in Uganda, Gambia and Mauritius.
Earlier this week, the OIC also approved humanitarian assistance for six projects in Palestine.
The six projects are a continuation of the 31 allocated for Palestine that were approved by the Permanent Council of the Islamic Solidarity Fund in February. The OIC also celebrated International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, a UN-organized event held yearly on Nov. 29.
The aid is an expression of solidarity from the OIC, represented by the Islamic Solidarity Fund.


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.