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: 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.