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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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Meningitis jab made mandatory for Umrah pilgrims

Vaccination against meningitis and other infectious diseases has been made mandatory for Umrah pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia, according to a report. The health requirements issued by Saudi Arabia for Haj and Umrah pilgrims a

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Al-Tayyar buys Makkah hotel for $400m

Riyadh-based Al-Tayyar Travel Group Holding Company, a major tourism group in the region, has purchased a five-star hotel near the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia for SR1.5 billion ($400 million), a report said. The company receive

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Egypt, Indonesia and Pakistan top countries in Umrah visas

A total of 1.63 million Umrah visas were issued December 23 and January 20, with Egypt, Indonesia and Pakistan ranked as the top countries that received the largest number of visas. Aside from the three, other countries included in the

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Saudi plans to improve services for umrah pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Haj has unveiled plans to strengthen the electronic regulations to improve the services as well as streamline the arrival and departure of pilgrims with the umrah season set to begin on November 23.

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