Saudi Arabia allows Umrah pilgrims to visit all cities

 

Saudi Arabia allows Umrah pilgrims to visit all cities

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

By IANS

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Published: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 6:37 AM

Last updated: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12:37 PM

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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