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Saudi king to invite 1000 pilgrims for Umrah

Invitations are extended to the pilgrims under the Hajj and Umrah named after the Saudi king and undertaken by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz will host 1000 pilgrims for Umrah or a minor pilgrimage from across the world in 2024.

Invitations are extended to the pilgrims under the Hajj and Umrah named after the Saudi king and undertaken by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

In the first batch, 250 pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia mostly from Asian countries including Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia.

Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdul Latif Al Sheikh announced that the 1,000 attendees for the event will comprise notable Islamic figures globally, such as scholars, clerics, influential personalities, and university professors.

These individuals will be accommodated through the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Programme, where they will partake in Umrah at the Grand Mosque in Mecca and engage in prayers at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, both revered as Islam’s most sacred sites.

“Integrated itineraries have been readies and all preparations made to meet their needs,” the ministry’s undersecretary Awwad Al Enazi told Saudi Al Ekhbariya radio without giving details.

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Saudi Arabia, the heart of the Islamic world, is taking remarkable strides to promote religious tourism and strengthen its ties with Pakistan. In a significant move last year, the Saudi Minister for Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al Rabiah, announced the extension of the Umrah visa for up to 90 days for Pakistani pilgrims.
This decision not only facilitates religious obligations but also opens doors for the exploration of additional sacred sites, bolstering the appeal of religious tourism.
The new Umrah visa policy marks a profound step towards enhancing the spiritual experience of Pakistani pilgrims. The 90-day validity offers an extended period, enabling pilgrims to not only fulfill their religious duties but also immerse themselves in the rich history and spirituality of the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.