Muslim World League, Gulf Cooperation Council praise Saudi efforts to serve Hajj pilgrims

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani. (AP)
Updated 30 June 2018

Muslim World League, Gulf Cooperation Council praise Saudi efforts to serve Hajj pilgrims

  • The Kingdom annually receives pilgrims of more than 80 nations without any discrimination, and provides them with world-class services

JEDDAH: The Muslim World League (MWL), and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, lauded Saudi efforts to serve all pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors of the Two Holy Mosques, including some 18,000 Syrians this year.
Al-Zayani thanked King Salman and crown prince for their efforts to ensure pilgrim safety.
The MWL rejected false claims that Saudi authorities have barred Syrians from performing Hajj and Umrah. The Kingdom annually receives pilgrims of more than 80 nations without any discrimination, and provides them with world-class services to perform their rituals in ease and comfort, the league said.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.