Online portal signs MoU with Hajj Ministry signed an MoU with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
Updated 29 August 2019

Online portal signs MoU with Hajj Ministry, the online B2B and B2C portal of, a fast growing online travel solutions provider in the Middle East, showcased specialized travel solutions for Muslims at the Umrah Forum and Exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
The online portal signed an MoU with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, represented by Abdulrahman Fahd Shams, general supervisor of Maqam Hajj and Umrah Global Distribution System. The signing allows to have direct interface with not just the customers, but with around 3,700 global travel agents and around 700 Umrah operators.
The forum, which took place from Aug. 26 to 28th at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events, brought together hospitality professionals, tour operators, travel and tourism professionals and airlines across the GCC region.
Headlined by Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Saleh Bentin, the forum was inaugurated by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, and attended by a number of government officials. aims to help Muslims book and plan their Umrah trip with ease and from the comfort of their homes. The platform allows approved external travel agencies to utilize the technology in booking for Umrah groups through the B2B system.
Speaking at the forum, Mohammed Mahfouz Salem bin Mahfouz, founder and CEO, Umrah business,, said: “We believe in minimalism and ease, hence has been created with the idea of having a simplified and unified portal for all details regarding booking an Umrah trip from anywhere in the world. Partnering with the ministry is an excellent opportunity for us.”
He added: “Forums such as these demonstrate the growing confidence among owners and developers providing us a platform to showcase our services. It is a testament to the Kingdom as it continues to expand and appeal worldwide and offer more choices to people in the region.”
As an approved and licensed Umrah OTA, is also the first online travel agent offering e-visa support for Umrah.

5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition kicks off

Updated 17 September 2020

5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition kicks off

The MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia, part of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, announced the launch of registration for the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition under the slogan “Innovate, Inspire, Connect.” A fully digital version that simulates a real event, this year’s competition is held in challenging atmospheres in light of the global health crisis, and the competition’s commitment to continue supporting entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia to overcome the current challenges, and promoting innovation processes in the Kingdom.

Registration for the 5th edition opened on Sept. 15 through the competition website, and will continue until Dec. 10. Saudi and non-Saudi entrepreneurs of all ages and economic sectors can apply to participate within one of the three contest tracks: Ideas track, startups track, and the social enterprises track, according to the terms of the competition.

Hassan Jameel, president Saudi Arabia, Community Jameel, said: “The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition continues to be a hugely significant annual event, attracting thousands of entrepreneurs from across the Kingdom. Given the current global challenges, our mission to support young Saudi talent and to help small businesses develop, is now more important than ever. I would strongly encourage entrepreneurs from all sectors to register for what promises to be another outstanding event.”

Since its launch in 2015, the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition has succeeded in attracting more than 7,500 participants from all over the Kingdom, establishing more than 45 startup projects, training more than 260 entrepreneurs and creating more than 110 job opportunities through the startups. The winners received a total of SR1.6 million ($426,500) in the form of free investments. In the Startup Investment Forum, which was held during the 4th edition of the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition over a period of three days, the event hosted 65 innovative startups from around the world, including the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, and Poland, in addition to 27 innovative startups participating in the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition 2019-2020.

The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition is organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia, a branch of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel. The competition aims to promote and enrich the entrepreneurial environment in Saudi Arabia by supporting and celebrating all startups and entrepreneurs in the Kingdom.