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.

ICD & We-Fi empower women entrepreneurs

Updated 18 September 2019

ICD & We-Fi empower women entrepreneurs

With the aim of discussing how the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) can expand their relationship and integrate the gender themes into ICD’s operations and businesses, a meeting was held between Ayman Amin Sejiny, CEO of ICD; Wendy Teleki, head of We-Fi secretariat; and Samir Suleymanov, director strategic initiatives, World Bank, at ICD’s premises in Jeddah recently. The parties discussed the development and promotion of women’s entrepreneurship through innovative sustainable solutions to increase women’s access to economic opportunities in developing countries. 

Teleki highlighted the main objectives of We-Fi, which is to support women entrepreneurs around the world through programs that provide financing, capacity building and also promote enabling environments that allow women to become entrepreneurs and grow their businesses. We-Fi uses an ecosystem approach to develop programs at the country level that will break down barriers and create more opportunities for women.

During the meeting, Ayman said: “ICD and We-Fi are working together to enhance their initiatives and mandates in supporting the female society in all ICD’s member countries. We want to ensure that our lines of finance and our relationship with the 102 directly connected financial institutions we are dealing with will further enhance the funding, training to women entrepreneurs and to provide the required necessary support to women in all our member countries.”

Teleki said that We-Fi has six implementing partners (IP) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is one of them. “IsDB, along with ICD is supporting women entrepreneurs in fragile countries. In Yemen, they have a very interesting ongoing program named BRAVE Women. They target to train up to 500 women to learn to develop business plans in fragile and high-risk contexts and up to 400 of them will get access to funding on a matching grant basis. This program aims also to develop the relationship between those women entrepreneurs with the local banks and also lead companies to make sure those women have access to finance and markets to grow their businesses. Moreover, the IsDB and ICD will be implementing soon this BRAVE Women program in two other countries to improve the women’s entrepreneurship potential in key economic sectors and we look forward to seeing those programs happening in future,” she said.

We-Fi is a global platform that seeks to support over a 100,000 women around the world in the next five years and mobilize at least $2 billion from the public and private sector for further activities.