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Saudi Arabia allows Umrah pilgrims to visit all cities

IANS /Makkah
Filed on September 18, 2018
Saudi Arabia allows Umrah pilgrims to visit all cities

(Reuters)

15 days must be spent in visiting the two grand mosques in Makkah and Madinah.

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that foreign Umrah performers can visit any city in the country with their 30-day Umrah visa, Al Arabiya reported.

However, 15 days must be spent in visiting the two grand mosques in Makkah and Madinah during their 30-day Umrah stay, said Abdulaziz Wazzan, undersecretary of Hajj Ministry for Umrah Affairs, to Xinhua news agency.

He revealed that more than 1,000 pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia last week, while over 25,000 Umrah visas were issued in the last four days.

The move comes as Saudi Arabia is taking major steps including promoting tourism to diversify its economy, in order to get ready for the post-oil era.





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