Saudi Cabinet announces MoU with UN environment program

King Salman chairs the weekly Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 13 March 2019
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Saudi Cabinet announces MoU with UN environment program

  • During the session, the king briefing the Cabinet on his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

The Council of Ministers on Tuesday announced collaboration between the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and the UN Environment Program to draft a strategic cooperation agreement. 

The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, also authorized the minister to sign the Statute of the Arab Environment Facility, which was approved by the Economic and Social League of Arab States and the Council of the Arab League Council.

The Cabinet also decided to approve a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Energy and Industry and Mineral Resources in Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for cooperation in clean energy.

The king briefing the Cabinet on his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. 

According to a report from the Saudi Press Agency, Minister of Information Turki Al-Shabana said that the Cabinet reviewed several reports on developments in the Arab, regional and international fields. 


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

Updated 57 min 54 sec ago
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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.