Attractive Umrah fares trigger larger number of pilgrims to Makkah, Madinah

Updated 28 October 2017

Attractive Umrah fares trigger larger number of pilgrims to Makkah, Madinah

RIYADH: Increasing numbers of Umrah pilgrims are finding their way to Makkah and Madinah as a result of an attractive Umrah fare which was brought down from SR180 ($48) to SR100 following the Hajj season.

During the Hajj season, authorities did not allow local pilgrims to perform Umrah or visit the Holy Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

A round-trip fare from Riyadh to Makkah by a luxury coach including accommodation in the holy city will cost only SR100 per pilgrim and passengers will not have to pay an additional charge to visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

A five-day package from Monday through Friday is also available at SR160 per person in a family and SR140 for a single.

A travel operator in the capital said here that the Umrah tours from Riyadh to Makkah/Madinah will start from 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and return to its point of origin on Saturday at midnight.

During the journey, three bachelors will be accommodated in a room in a three-star hotel and they have to pay separately for their breakfast. Families will be given separate rooms and children under 12 will pay half fare.

The Umrah travel is handled by government-registered operators who are spread throughout the city mainly in places such as Hai Al-Wazara, Batha, Mursalat and Manfouha. According to sources, some 300 Umrah travel operators are located in the capital, largely concentrated in the city center of Batha.

An official from the Ministry of Health said that it is advisable to take the meningitis immunization, although it is not compulsory. Elderly pilgrims are advised to go on this mini pilgrimage on medical advice and they are also advised to take their medicines on time during the pilgrimage


Saudi Arabia tells UN: We are promoting sustainable methods in housing

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Saudi Arabia tells UN: We are promoting sustainable methods in housing

  • Saudi Green Building Forum attended conference at UN headquarters
  • SGBF demonstrated its commitment to affordable housing through environmentally sustainable practices

JEDDAH: The Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF) has shown that its mission aligns with the UN Commission for Social Development. 

A SGBF delegation attended the 58th session of the commission at UN headquarters in New York City on Wednesday.

The SGBF demonstrated its commitment to affordable housing through environmentally sustainable practices.

“The SGBF supports the integration of affordable housing within urban developments, architectural design and use of materials that support occupants’ wellbeing, and minimizing construction waste through efficient methods,” said Faisal Al-Fadl, SGBF chair representative to the UN.

Al-Fadl told Arab News: “Saudi Arabia is addressing key messages on clean energy and is focusing on a low-carbon, resource-efficient, inclusive circular economy and building systems addressing these core issues.

“The Kingdom is complying with the principle of sustainability and is helping to advance the resilience of our cities.”

The UN Commission for Social Development’s role is to monitor national and global socioeconomic trends, identify emerging issues and assess their implications for social policy at the national and international levels.

The session reviewed some of the social challenges of implementing the 2030 Agenda, with a focus on issues relevant to the three core social development goals identified at the World Summit for Social Development. 

The goals are eradicating poverty, promoting productive employment and decent work and promoting social inclusion.

The SGBF’s mission focuses on the resilience of city development practices within affordable housing developments to minimize negative impacts on the planet and citizens.

The forum addressed the practices of green systems and sustainable development in the Arab world. It said it will continue to work with the commission to support new resolutions on social and development issues, including the first-ever text on homelessness to be approved by a UN intergovernmental body.