Hajj Ministry opens two new care centers in Madinah

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The two new centers will provide a one-stop shop of more than 30 services for pilgrims and for companies providing Hajj or Umrah packages. (AN Photo)
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The two new centers will provide a one-stop shop of more than 30 services for pilgrims and for companies providing Hajj or Umrah packages. (AN Photo)
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Updated 12 February 2020

Hajj Ministry opens two new care centers in Madinah

  • The two new centers are located in Al-Baqi’ and at Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport
  • Pilgrims will be able to complete all the necessary paperwork in the centers through self-service devices or with the help of Inaya employees

MADINAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced on Wednesday the opening of two new Inaya (care) centers in Madinah. The centers will contribute to one of the most important goals of Saudi Vision 2030: To improve the quality of services provided to pilgrims.

The two new centers are located in Al-Baqi’ and at Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport and will provide a one-stop shop of more than 30 services for pilgrims and for companies providing Hajj or Umrah packages.

Pilgrims will be able to complete all the necessary paperwork in the centers through self-service devices or with the help of Inaya employees — who speak multiple languages. Pilgrims’ data can also be accessed through their fingerprints in cooperation with the Directorate General of Passports in Madinah.

So far, four Inaya centers have been launched in Makkah and Madinah under the patronage of Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh bin Taher Benten.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.