Saudi government, private sectors intensify Umrah efforts

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Pilgrims have expressed their satisfaction with services provided inside the Grand Mosque and its compounds. (SPA)
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Pilgrims have expressed their satisfaction with services provided inside the Grand Mosque and its compounds. (SPA)
Updated 07 January 2019
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Saudi government, private sectors intensify Umrah efforts

  • Most pilgrims — 1,991,448 — came to Saudi Arabia by air, while 184,580 entered by land and 7,003 arrived by sea

JEDDAH: More than 2 million pilgrims have arrived in Makkah to perform Umrah and visit the Grand Mosque.
According to the weekly Umrah Index, 2,555,201 Umrah visas were issued until Jan. 5, 2019 and a total of 2,183,031 pilgrims visited Saudi Arabia.
Government and private sector entities in Makkah are providing first-class services to the worshippers under the supervision of Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and his deputy, Prince Badr bin Sultan.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has intensified its services around the clock, including cleaning, maintenance and operation works in the Mataf, the Masaa, the vault, King Fahd’s Expansion, and all the mosque’s levels and compounds.
A guidance service educates pilgrims and visitors on religious matters, and guides them in the proper performance of their rituals. Workshops are held for high-level dignitaries, scholars and lecturers, and Friday sermons are translated into several languages.
Several teams and committees have been formed to monitor markets, food shops and restaurants.
Special security forces at the Grand Mosque have implemented plans for this year’s Umrah season to provide humanitarian, organizational and guidance services to pilgrims.
Pilgrims have expressed their satisfaction with services provided inside the Grand Mosque and its compounds, saying they were able to perform their duties with ease, comfort and in safety.


King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

Updated 20 September 2019

King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

  • Xi told King Salman that China condemned an attack on the country’s oil facilities
  • He also called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
Xi told King Salman that China condemned the attacks on Aramco oil facilities that took place on Sept. 14 and called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation. 

He added that the attack is a “serious violation of the security and stability of Saudi Arabia,” and that China stands with the Kingdom.

The Chinese president also thanked King Salman for the positive measures Saudi Arabia has taken to ensure the continuation of oil supplies.