Issuance of visit visas stopped due to Haj preparation

ABU DHABI — Immigration authorities have stopped issuing visit visas in preparation for Haj season which starts this year by mid-January.

By Muawia E. Ibrahim

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Published: Mon 13 Dec 2004, 10:45 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:26 PM

A source at the General Directorate of Naturalisation and Residency (GDNR) told Khaleej Times yesterday that immigration department has been instructed to stop issuing all types of visit visas to help process all transactions related to Haj.

Issuance of visas will resume after Eid Al Adha holidays in late January.

Meanwhile, extensive arrangements have been made by the authorities to ensure a mishap-free Haj season.

Traffic police, civil defence, customs and security authorities have made special preparations for the season at all entry and exit points in the country.

The General Directorate of Civil Defence has started extensive preparations to ensure safety of pilgrims travelling overland.

All rescue, firebrigade and ambulance units in the Western Region had been put on alert.

Officials appealed to Haj operators to equip each bus of their fleets with two hand-held fire extinguishers and to service their buses properly to avoid accidents.

The Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf has recently set up 46 multi-lingual centres in the country to educate and train pilgrims.

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