Saudi Arabia issues more than 6.57m Umrah visas

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, in this August 28, 2017 file photo. (AFP)
Updated 03 May 2019

Saudi Arabia issues more than 6.57m Umrah visas

  • There are 486,876 pilgrims still in the Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 6,571,991, of which 5,971,334 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.

There are 486,876 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 339,970 in Makkah and 146,906 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

Most pilgrims — 5,339,642 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 553,536 entered by land and 78,156 arrived by sea.

The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,353,625) followed by Indonesia (881,459), India (579,443), Egypt (405,750) and Turkey (279,038). 


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.