Saudi Special Olympics body established ahead of Abu Dhabi games, Princess Reema named as chief

The General Sports Authority chairman and head of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee appointed Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan as the new federation’s chairwoman. (Screenshot)
Updated 03 March 2019
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Saudi Special Olympics body established ahead of Abu Dhabi games, Princess Reema named as chief

RIYADH: A Saudi Special Olympics Federation has been set up after a decree from Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Press Agency announced on Saturday.
The General Sports Authority chairman and head of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee appointed Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan as the new federation’s chairwoman.
It comes as Saudi Arabian athletes get ready to participate in the Special Olympics World Games, which is being held in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi later this month.


Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

Updated 25 May 2019
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Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

  • The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan
  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 7,463,259, of which 6,964,943 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 925,246 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 679,929 in Makkah and 245,317 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most pilgrims — 6,185,504 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 671,356 entered by land and 108,083 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,530,855) followed by Indonesia (934,827), India (635,675), Egypt (524,728), Algeria (353,425), Yemen (323,083), Turkey (300,517), Malaysia (26,9554), Iraq (268,179) and Jordan (194,908).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,852 Saudis including 8,978 males and 1,874 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.