Saudi Arabia facilitates Umrah procedures for Qatari pilgrims

These facilities are provided to the Qatari pilgrims on the orders of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ministry said in a statement. (SPA)
Updated 07 May 2019

Saudi Arabia facilitates Umrah procedures for Qatari pilgrims

  • A dedicated online platform for Qatar pilgrims has been announced

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has announced that it has dedicated an online platform for worshippers from Qatar seeking to perform Umrah.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on Tuesday explained that worshippers from the Gulf state were required to register themselves on the website and submit all the required data. 

Qatari pilgrims have been able to register through the portal since 2017. The arrival and departure of Qatari pilgrims take place through the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah or Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah.

These facilities are provided to the Qatari pilgrims on the orders of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the General Directorate of Passports has announced that between Sept. 12, 2018 and May 6, 2019 the number of pilgrims arriving in the Kingdom from all over the world reached 6,151,944, while 5,602,027 pilgrims left Saudi Arabia during the same period, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

The directorate stressed its readiness to welcome and serve pilgrims arriving by land, sea and air during the holy month of Ramadan. 


All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.