Saudi Arabia launches e-visa project for Jordanian pilgrims

The project was inaugurated at a special committee meeting held at the embassy in the Jordanian capital of Amman. (Twitter)
Updated 27 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia launches e-visa project for Jordanian pilgrims

  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims and provide them with top-class services and an outstanding experience

JEDDAH: The Saudi Embassy in Jordan on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for new electronic visas to replace stamped versions for Jordanians visiting the Kingdom.
The project was inaugurated at a special committee meeting held at the embassy in the Jordanian capital of Amman.
The Saudi ambassador to Jordan, Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Turki, was given a detailed explanation of the online e-visa application procedure to ensure a smooth process for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.
Prince Khalid thanked committee members for their explanation of the system that has already been inaugurated in several states and is due to be rolled out in other countries.
He also praised the new process that aims to cut visa issuance times while improving services to pilgrims and visitors.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims and provide them with top-class services and an outstanding experience.


Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

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Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Bassam Ghulman has been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.

Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.

Ghulman serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.

Ghulman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

He has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.

Ghulman is a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.

He recently met with members of the transport sector at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

Ghulman said the meeting was in line with the ministry’s vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.