Public sector’s role in social housing in Arab countries explored

Delegates explored the role of state institutions and authorities in engaging the private sector in supporting social housing projects. (SPA)
Updated 14 December 2018
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Public sector’s role in social housing in Arab countries explored

  • Delegates also explored the role of state institutions and authorities in engaging the private sector in supporting social housing projects

JEDDAH: Housing Minister Majed bin Abdullah Al-Hogail led the Saudi delegation at a major conference in Bahrain, which opened on Tuesday.
Deputy Bahrain Premier Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa opened the 35th session of the Arab Housing and Construction Ministers’ Council and the fifth Arab Housing Conference in Manama. The event’s theme was “Future role of the public sector in social housing.” The conference discussed a number of issues including the role of the public sector in providing social housing and its future programs.


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.