Saudi Arabia issues more than 3.6 million Umrah visas

Muslim pilgrims sit and circumambulate around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in this file photo taken on August 28, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 10 February 2019

Saudi Arabia issues more than 3.6 million Umrah visas

  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,683,961, of which 3,244,785 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 456,133 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 313,669 in Makkah and 142,464 in Madinah.
Most pilgrims — 2,880,635 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 339,313 entered by land and 24,837 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (819,119) followed by Indonesia (534,137), India (358,231), Yemen (181,737), Malaysia (176,661), Egypt (165,553) and Turkey (131,812).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,022 Saudis including 8,291 males and 1,731 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.


Saudi Arabia records 401 new coronavirus cases

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Saudi Arabia records 401 new coronavirus cases

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has recorded 15 new deaths and 401 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. 
The new cases bring the total number of people who contracted the virus to 343,774 cases. These include 8,343 active cases receiving necessary medical care. 791 of them are critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
The ministry also recorded 466 cases that have recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 330,181.
The new deaths put the toll of fatalities at 5,250.