More guests of king’s program arrive in Madinah

The guests thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the generous hospitality. (SPA)
Updated 14 December 2018
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More guests of king’s program arrive in Madinah

  • The guests thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the generous hospitality, services and facilities provided for them

JEDDAH: The 13th batch comprising 203 Umrah performers of the Guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Umrah and Visit have arrived in Madinah.
They are from eight African countries: Ethiopia, Senegal, Comoros, Djibouti, Mali, South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda.
The guests thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the generous hospitality, services and facilities provided for them since they left their countries until their arrival in the Kingdom. With the arrival of the 13th batch of guests, the total number has reached 2,803 from various countries since the start of the program.


Saudi Ministry of Hajj calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

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Saudi Ministry of Hajj calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

  • The ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage
  • Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year.
Qatari Hajj pilgrims can register their details, browse packages and pay for them at: https://qh1440.haj.gov.sa

The ministry called on Qatar not to block the webpage as it did previously and “cooperate in order to allow their citizens to perform Hajj easily.”

Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups.

The embargo includes transport restrictions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but the Kingdom has taken measures to ensure pilgrims from Qatar can travel freely for Hajj and Umrah.

The ministry said on Saturday it had taken several steps to ensure pilgrims could enter Saudi Arabia for for Hajj, which starts next month. But the ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage.

Following a recent meeting with a Qatari delegation to discuss the logistics of pilgrims from the country arriving in the Kingdom, the delegation from Doha left without signing any agreements to enable access for it citizens, according to the ministry.

In response to Doha’s actions, the statement said that Qatari pilgrims could complete their applications upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.