Saudi Arabia Set to Increase Number of Foreign Umrah Pilgrims – Blueprint Newspapers Limited

A sharp increase is expected in the arrival of foreign Umrah pilgrims over the next three months, ending with Ramadan, which is the annual peak Umrah season.
Saeed Bahashwan, a member of the National Committee for Hajj, Umrah and Visitation Activities, said the Umrah service sector expects a big increase in the number of pilgrims from overseas over the past three coming months of Rajab, Shaban and Ramadan.
He attributed this to the elaborate preparations underway by a number of countries to send their pilgrims to Mecca.

These countries include Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Uzbekistan and Libya, Al reported.
Bahashwan said that a total of 201 licensed Umrah companies and establishments are ready to provide the best possible services to pilgrims from their arrival until they depart to their home countries, after performing the Umrah rituals with ease and comfort.

He underscored the willingness of Umrah businesses and service establishments to provide distinguished services and hospitality to pilgrims, including hotels, transportation and catering, and this in accordance with coronavirus health protocols.
The effective implementation of the electronic system to obtain permits issued to perform Umrah, prayer at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and Rawdah Sharif at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and visit the Prophet’s tomb, and work out arrangements for the smooth flow of pilgrims in line with coronavirus protocols are helping to increase the number of pilgrims, Bahashwan said.
He also noted that this will contribute significantly to the recovery of the Umrah sector and the subsequent increase in hotel and residential facility occupancy rates, as well as an increase in business activities in terms of transportation, catering, shopping and other service sectors in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stressed that pilgrims, visitors and worshipers of Umrah should fully comply with coronavirus precautionary measures by wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing at the Two Holy Mosques to protect pilgrims from transmission of infection.

Saudi Gazette