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Saudi hotels to benefit from pilgrim rush

Saudi Arabia's hospitality sector is expected to perform significantly well this year with close to 7 million Umrah pilgrims anticipated to visit, The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced. Hospitality experts and local tra

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Umrah pilgrim numbers drop 10pc

Makkah has registered a 10 per cent drop in the number pilgrims performing Umrah this season, receiving 1.8 million pilgrims compared to two million during the same period last year, said a report. According to Abdullah Ghadi, deputy he

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Abu Dhabi Airports hosts special needs group

Abu Dhabi Airports hosted a group of 60 special needs individuals and orphans set to embark upon Umrah pilgrimage on Friday from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The group is part of the "Zayed in our Hearts" initiative,

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New online Umrah hotel booking saves 15pc

Around 250,000 Umrah pilgrims, who booked hotel rooms in Makkah and Madinah via a new online system have saved up to 15 per cent in reservations, a report said. The “Sijjil” electronic system also helps in solving the

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Oman-Saudi road link to be completed in October

 A road connecting Oman and Saudi Arabia is set to be completed by October this year, according to a report. The road link will be of great advantage to those embarking on the Haj and Umrah pilgrimages, said the Saudi Gaz

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Health insurance approved for visitors to Saudi

A visitor health insurance system for those wishing to obtain medical insurance during their visit to Saudi Arabia has been approved by the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance, according to a report. It will cover treatment co

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$3bn Umrah spend prompts focus on local products

A total of 5.8 million Umrah pilgrims spent about SR12 billion ($3.2 billion) in the last nine months in Saudi Arabia, a report said, citing experts who stressed the need for more home-manufactured goods to boost the economy. The

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Emirates to launch extra flights for Umrah

Dubai-based Emirates plans to step up its Ramadan offerings to passengers and flight offerings for Umrah with increased frequency on its Jeddah route. The airline will operate 42 additional flights, serviced by the Boeing 777, between D

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Iran suspends Umrah flights over abuse charge

Iran has suspended flights to Saudi Arabia for the year-round Umrah Islamic pilgrimage over allegations that Saudi security officers assaulted two Iranian boys, Culture Minister Ali Jannati said on Monday. The move is likely to de

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Gulf Air facilitates Umrah for Bahraini pilgrims

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has partnered with Bahrain-based Umrah contractors to give under-privileged pilgrims free, comprehensive Umrah packages including flights to Saudi Arabia, accommodation and dedicated guides. T

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