Saudi Shoura Council delegation visits Haramain High-Speed Railway

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The Shoura Council delegation visited the station, its facilities and services, and then took the Haramain train from Jeddah to Madinah. (SPA)
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The delegation visited the station, its facilities and services, and then took the Haramain train from Jeddah to Madinah. (SPA)
Updated 15 March 2019
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Saudi Shoura Council delegation visits Haramain High-Speed Railway

  • The railway connects the two holy cities of Makkah Madinah

JEDDAH: A delegation from the transport, communications and information technology committee of the Shoura Council, headed by Lt. Nasser Al-Otaibi, visited the Haramain High-Speed Railway station in Jeddah on Thursday to learn about the services it provides for citizens and pilgrims.
The delegation was received by Mohammed Fida, director general of the Haramain High-Speed Railway, and other officials.
The delegation visited the station, its facilities and services, and then took the Haramain train from Jeddah to Madinah.
In a press conference, Al-Otaibi noted that the Haramain High-Speed Railway shows how Saudi Arabia, led by King Salman, serves pilgrims, and he praised the service and the amenities provided by the train.


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.