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Old December 26th, 2017, 03:06 PM   #11161
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Salams. When is the “one day in the Haram” being released?
Wa alaykum assalam brother,
It have been released on 30 Sept 2017 for a premiere in Saudi Arabia. I don't know if it will be released in other countries.

indicated here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7253332/

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Old December 26th, 2017, 04:04 PM   #11162
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Ah ok. Can we not watch it online?
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Online, I found only the trailer ...
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MALAYSIA

Check status of umrah operators
before paying, public warned



The government has fixed the floor price for an umrah package at RM4,900.
25 Dec 2017

PILGRIMS who wish to perform the umrah are advised to check on the status of umrah operators at the i-Umrah portal of the Wakaf, Zakat and Haj Department (Jawhar) before making any payments to avoid becoming victims of fraud.

Jawhar director-general Ahmad Musadad Sulaiman said the portal, http://intranet.jawhar.gov.my/umrah/index.php provided information such as a list of registered umrah operators.

The public should only deal with tour agents registered with the Tourism and Culture Ministry, he said after officiating the Jawhar bersama Santuni Masyarakat programme at Kampung Pondok Chegar in Pendang today.

Musadad said based on statistics by the Tribunal for Consumer Claims Malaysia, 3,482 fraudulent umrah cases were recorded from 2012 until October last year, involving losses amounting to RM21 million.

He did not rule out the possibility that most of the cases occurred due to the attitude of the pilgrims themselves, who were easily influenced by cheap umrah packages and did not check on the background of the umrah operators.

Musadad said the government had fixed the floor price for an umrah package at RM4,900, and thorough checks should be carried out on operators offering less than that.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/29343/


453 umrah pilgrims stranded
in Saudi Arabia


27 Dec 2017

AS many as 453 umrah pilgrims are stranded in Saudi Arabia after their flight back to Malaysia has been delayed twice.

The Star Online reported that their pilgrimage was marred with trouble from the start, with their original departure flight on December 3 delayed twice before eventually leaving on a chartered flight on December 11.

After performing their umrah, the pilgrims packed their bags to leave on December 22, only to find out at the Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Inter*national Airport in Medina that the flight "did not take place".

They were supposed to leave on another promised flight yesterday, but again found out at the airport that it did not materialise.

After the delays, pilgrims moved from hotel to hotel, with food and accommodation still paid for by the agency.

Pilgrims The Star spoke to said the umrah package only cost RM3,800, much lower than the usual price of RM6,800, and was recommended by friends who had used the tour agency's services.

However, Umrah and Haj Travel Association (Papuh) president Razali Mohd Sham said the low price was suspicious as flight tickets alone would cost RM3,200, leaving little for visa and accommodation.

Razali also said the tour agency responsible was unlicensed and was a re-branded travel company previously shut down by the Tourism Ministry for pilgrimage fraud.

He then said there are only 264 travel agencies licensed to offer umrah packages in the country and urged pilgrims to verify before buying any umrah packages.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/29533/


25 umrah pilgrims fall prey to scam, seek full refund


December 19, 2017

ALOR STAR: Dzulkifli Abdullah, 51, was all excited to take his wife to the Holy land to perform their first umrah pilgrimage.

He had paid RM14,600 for the trip and the couple held a kenduri (feast) to pray for a smooth journey scheduled on Dec 5.

However, Dzulkifli and wife Che Noorma Abdul Raoh, 47, sensed something fishy when they were told that their flight had been postponed to Dec 8.

"I became anxious when our trip organiser told us that our departure was once again rescheduled to Dec 17.

"My heart sunk when there was no news on the departure when the date was closing in and we decided to refer the matter to the Kedah Consumer Association (Cake)," he said.

The couple was among 25 people who became the first group of umrah pilgrims in the state to fall victims to such scam this year.

Frustrated and angry that they had been cheated by the organiser, Dzulkifli and the other victims sought Cake's help on Sunday to seek justice.

Cake secretary Mohd Yusrizal Yusoff who attended to the complaints contacted the trip organiser and the company which handled the victims' visa application.

Yusrizal later discovered that an ustazah who organised the trip was a victim to the scam allegedly pulled by a Malaysian woman who was residing in Mecca.

The ustazah, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had deposited RM118,000 into the woman's account for the flight ticket, hotel, meals and transport in the Holy land.

"The rest of the money I paid directly to a travel agency to process the visa application and another RM200 for ticket from Alor Star to Kuala Lumpur International Airport," she said at Cake office here today.

She showed payment slips for money deposited into the woman's account and the travel agency.

The ustazah said she has been organising umrah trip for the past two years with other travel agencies and had never encountered a problem.

However, when the elderly folks in the group for this trip requested her to arrange for a direct flight from KLIA to Saudi Arabia, she sought the help of the woman whom she met during the previous umrah trip.

"The elderly folks wished for a direct flight as they are not fit to rush from one terminal to another at the Dubai International Airport..

"So I sought the service of this Malaysian woman who lives in Mecca who claimed that she had been organising umrah trips with several travel agencies here," she said.

The ustazah said the woman assured her that everything was according to plan after she deposited the money until few days before the departure date.

"She informed me that the flight on Dec 5 was unavailable and had to be rescheduled.

"I had a rude shock upon learning that she did not purchase the tickets as promised and kept on postponing the departure date for several times," she said.

After the victims highlighted the matter to Cake, she said the woman contacted her yesterday telling her that the flight tickets will be settled by today.

However, the ustazah said until this evening, the woman still failed to fulfill her promise.

"I had a discussion with the pilgrims in the presence of Cake officials and they have all agreed to pull out from the trip and are seeking for full refund," she said.

The ustazah has lodged a police report on the matter to clear her name from being linked to the scam.

"All I wanted to do was to make the umrah trip as comfortable as possible, especially for the elderly, and I never imagined it would ended up like this.

"My integrity and reputation is at stake. I want the woman to refund the money as soon as possible.

"Please stop playing tricks as these people are going to the Holy land to perform a religious duty and I hope she will repent for the pain she has caused to the 25 victims and me," she said with teary eyes.

Che Noorma said she and Dzulkifli were satisfied with the ustazah's explanation.

"We are not blaming the ustazah as she had done everything accordingly and the others also share the same sentiment," she said.

She thanked Cake for guiding them in seeking justice and to get back their money.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2...ek-full-refund
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Old December 29th, 2017, 06:21 AM   #11165
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Makkah, holy places enjoy
care of Saudi leadership


Jeddah, Rabi'II 10, 1439, December 28, 2017, SPA

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region, said that Makkah and the holy places have been enjoying the care of Saudi leadership since the establishment of the kingdom by late King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud.

Prince Khalid made the remarks during the main session of a conference and exhibition on construction progress in Makkah region.

The session's other speakers included chairman of the scientific content of the conference Dr. Abdulaziz bin Othman bin Saqr, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Da'wah and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Taher and Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Hamad Bin Sulaiman Al Bazai.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory....703275#1703275


Iranian official discusses
Haj arrangements with Benten


December 28, 2017

JEDDAH – Minister of Haj and Umrah Muhammad Saleh Benten met with Hamid Mohammadi, head of the Iranian Haj and Visits Organization, at his office in Jeddah on Thursday.

During the meeting, Benten and Mohammadi discussed a number of issues related to preparations for the next Haj season and the arrangements for transportation, accommodation and other facilities and services for Iranian pilgrims.

More than 80,000 Iranians are expected to perform Haj in 2018.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...ts-with-Benten
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Old December 29th, 2017, 06:23 AM   #11166
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Erdoğan says Sudan agreed to give island
to Turkey for rebuilding to boost
umrah tourism upon his request


December 26 2017

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Dec. 25 that his Sudanese counterpart agreed to temporarily hand over Suakin Island to Turkey for reconstruction purposes in a bid to improve umrah tourism from the country to Saudi Arabia.

Suakin, one of the oldest seaports in Africa, was used by African Muslims who set out for pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Ottomans used the port city to secure Hejaz province - present-day western Saudi Arabia - from attackers using the Red Sea front.

“I said ‘Right now, Hanafi and Shafii mosques are built here and the customs departments were also built. However, you should give the island to us for a while and we will rebuild and revive this island in accordance with its original form. My brother Omar al-Bashir [Sudanese President] said ‘O.K.,’” Erdoğan said, speaking at the Turkey-Sudan Forum organized by the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK).

The president said his proposal came during a visit to the island with al-Bashir.

“Do you know what rebuilding and reviving [the island] means? We will give those who destroyed here this answer: You came here and destroyed it. The fact that you destroyed this place is like you shaved off our beards. But do not forget that we will rebuild and revive this place in such a way that the shaved beard will grow stronger and you will see it,” Erdoğan said, quoting Sokullu Mehmet Pasha who uttered those words over an Ottoman defeat in the Mediterranean Sea.

Erdoğan also stated that such a reconstruction of the island would contribute to its historic heritage, adding that those who want to go to Mecca for umrah from Turkey would first visit the island before crossing to Jeddah by ship, in what he called “package tourism.”

“This will also bring about the socializing of our people, and history will be resurrected again,” he said.

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Jeddah international airport
to open in May 2018



Thursday 28 December 2017

JEDDAH: The head of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi, has announced that the initial opening and pilot operations of the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah will be in May 2018.
The announcement came on the sidelines of the Reconstruction of Makkah Region Conference on Wednesday.

“Air transport is the preferred method for pilgrims of Umrah and Hajj, both from inside and outside the Kingdom. The number of Hajj pilgrims arriving by air in 2017 reached 1,648,906, while the number of Umrah pilgrims arriving by air in 2017 reached 5,664208,” Al-Tamimi said.

He said that the King Abdul Aziz International Airport was a mega project as it “includes 810,000 square meters of terminals. It also includes 200 counters designed for completion of travel procedures and 80 self-service counters as well. The number of aircraft that can be received simultaneously is 70 connected to the terminal as well as 28 aircraft on the tarmac.”

During his speech, the GACA president stressed the importance of the new Taif International Airport, which will support the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah.

“The GACA has assigned the new Taif (International) Airport to the private sector. The new airport will provide convenience for visitors, and Umrah and Hajj pilgrims. The airport is expected to open in December 2020,” Al-Tamimi said.

He also referred to the GACA agreement with the new developer of Taif International Airport to develop the existing terminals to accommodate pilgrims of Hajj and Umrah.

“The coming season will see a larger number of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims coming to the Kingdom through Taif International Airport,” Al-Tamimi said.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1215426/saudi-arabia


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Roukaya...

Do you have a link to the site that shows updates of Umrah visas issued to different countries each month/year?

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Do you have a link to the site that shows updates of Umrah visas issued to different countries each month/year?

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Makkah Grand Mosque
management to pilgrims:
Don’t get carried away taking selfies


Friday 29 December 2017

MAKKAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque urged worshippers and pilgrims not to get carried away with taking photos or selfies inside Makkah’s Grand Mosque. Those who are interested in photography are requested to get an official permit.

Mashhour Al-Mun’emi, the assistant under deputy for Grand Mosque services, told Arab News that the presidency urged worshippers to concentrate on performing their rituals rather than taking photographs.

Atiah Al-Youssefi, professor of Islamic Law, said that the aim of banning photography at the Grand Mosque was to stop wasting time looking for the perfect angle for a better photograph or video, which could bother other worshippers and disturb the performance of their rituals.

This was especially true, he added, while the preparation of Zamzam well was underway. Al-Youssefi noted that pausing at the starting point of tawaf (circling the Kaaba) could confuse and hinder the movement of other worshippers.

Akram Jan, a crowd management specialist, said that crowd movement was greatly affected by photography due to pausing and trying to get pictures from all directions. Jan added that the dynamic of movement was important to ensure that moving happened simultaneously. The stumbling of any worshipper might cause a stampede, which was dangerous for the safety of everyone.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has issued a circular to all Hajj and Umrah offices to raise the awareness of pilgrims about the importance of complying with the instructions banning photography at the Two Holy Mosques.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1216386/saudi-arabia


Oman warns against photos
inside holy mosques



In cases where people do not abide by rules, Saudi authorities
will confiscate the phones and cameras
December 26, 2017

Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs has warned pilgrims from Oman against taking photos and videos on the premises of the holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah.

The ministry said that in cases where people do not abide by the rules, Saudi authorities will confiscate the phones and cameras used.

“The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowment has called upon citizens, residents and hajj operators ... to abstain from filming, taking pictures of all forms within the holy mosques and their premises,” said the notice issued by the ministry.

The ministry added the aim of the decision was to respect the sanctity of the mosques, and to create a convenient atmosphere for worshippers.

“Taking of photos or filming is a cause of confusion and provocation for worshippers,” the statement said.

In November, Saudi Arabia’s ministry of foreign affairs banned indoor and outdoor photography and video recording in the holy mosques.

The statement by the foreign ministry said the ban applied to all visitors, including media representatives. It was imposed to protect and preserve the holy sites, the statement said. The ban also applies to the mosques’ surrounding areas.

Saudi authorities cited disturbance to worshippers at the mosques as another reason for the introduction of the measure.

“In the case of a violation of the ban ... tools used to take photos and videos will be confiscated and legal action will be taken,” the statement said.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/oman/o...ques-1.2146963
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Ends before the coming month of Ramadan

The Emirate of Mecca finishes 36% of the completion
of the rehabilitation project of Zamzam well


ينتهي قبل حلول شهر رمضان المقبل
إمارة مكة تنهي 36 ٪ من إنجاز مشروع تأهيل بئر زمزم



استعرضت إمارة منطقة مكة المكرمة، عبر حسابها الرسمي بتويتر، مجموعة من الصور لآخر التطورات في مشروع إعادة تأهيل بئر زمزم، بإشراف اللجنة الفنية لمشروعات خادم الحرمين الشريفين للمسجد الحرام، والرئاسة العامة لشؤون المسجد الحرام والمسجد النبوي.

وقالت إمارة المنطقة، إن انتهاء مشروع إعادة تأهيل بئر زمزم بالمسجد الحرام، قبل حلول شهر رمضان المقبل، وبلغت نسبة الإنجاز 36%.

يذكر أن المشروع الخاص ببئر زمزم، مكون من قسمين: الأول استكمال إنشاء خمس عبارات للخدمات الخاصة بزمزم، من جهة المطاف الشرقي، وعرض العبارات الإجمالي 8 أمتار وطولها 120 مترًا.

والقسم الثاني، استكمال المرحلة الأخيرة من تعقيم ومعالجة البيئة الخاصة بالمناطق المحيطة ببئر زمزم، من بواقي الخرسانات والحديد الخاص بقبو المسجد الحرام القديم؛ للتقليل من نسبة المواد الضارة بمصادر مياه زمزم قدر الإمكان، ووضع نوعية خاصة من البحص المعقم، ذي النفاذية العالية للمياه، حيث يسمح بتدفق مصادر مياه زمزم للبئر بشكل أفضل وأعلى، والمدة الزمنية المقررة سبعة أشهر على أن ينتهي العمل به قبل رمضان.

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Google translation: The Emirate of Makkah Region, through its official Twitter account, reviewed a series of photographs of the latest developments in the Zamzam well rehabilitation project, under the supervision of the technical committee of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques projects.

The Emirate of the region, the completion of the project rehabilitation of Zamzam well at the Grand Mosque, before the month of Ramadan next, and the completion rate of 36%.

The Zamzam well project consists of two parts: the first is the completion of the construction of five ferries for the services of Zamzam, on the eastern side, and a total width of 8 meters and a length of 120 meters.

The second phase is the completion of the final phase of the sterilization and treatment of the surrounding areas of the well of Zamzam, from the concrete and iron vaults of the Old Haram Mosque; to reduce the proportion of harmful substances to Zamzam water sources as much as possible, and to develop a special quality of sterile, The flow of Zamzam water sources to the well is allowed to be better and higher, and the period of time is seven months before it is completed before Ramadan.











36% of Zamzam well restoration work completed


Sunday December 31, 2017 / 13 Rabi' ath-thani 1439

The Zamzam well restoration work will be completed before the beginning of Ramadan this year, the Makkah Emirate said on its Twitter account.

A total of 36% work has been completed.

The restoration work is being carried out in two phases. The first includes the construction of five-service bridges to the Zamzam well from the eastern side.

The second phase includes the sterilization and cleaning of the area around the well of the remains of concrete and iron vaults of the old Grand Mosque.

It also includes the development of a special quality of sterile gravel with a high permeability allowing better flow of Zamzam water.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...work-completed
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In the past you have quoted figures on the latest number of Umrah or Hajj visas issued - which site do you use for that?

I am trying to find out number of Umrah visas issued to Pakistani pilgrims in December 2017
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In the past you have quoted figures on the latest number of Umrah or Hajj visas issued - which site do you use for that?

I am trying to find out number of Umrah visas issued to Pakistani pilgrims in December 2017
Statistics were on Ministry of Haj but now they don't give anymore.

http://www.haj.gov.sa/English/pages/default.aspx
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Pilgrims furious after travel agent
botches Mecca trip



FILE- In this Monday, Jan.17, 2005 file photo, pilgrims circle the Kabaa at the Great Mosque, Islam's holiest
shrine, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A group of 50 people who were planning to make a pilgrimage to Mecca in
Saudi Arabia were left seething when they discovered their travel agent had not organised their visas in time
6 December 2017

DURBAN - A group of 50 people who were planning to make a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia were left seething when they discovered their travel agent had not organised their visas in time.

Some of the families had shelled out more than R200 000 for the trip.

And some families only found out at the airport on Tuesday that their visas had not been arranged.

Adam Essop said he had paid about R72 000 for the trip to the holy city. Some of the family members who were supposed to travel included his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.

“It is very disappointing This is unacceptable. What kind of travel agent is this?” wondered the irate Essop.

What angered him most was that he had made the travel arrangements months in advance.

He found it heartbreaking to see other people leaving on their flights while their group, which used Malek Travels, was left behind trying to work out what had caused the disaster.

Essop, who has made the pilgrimage on 19 previous occasions, said this was the first time he had encountered such a situation.

Another pilgrim who had expected to be on his way to Mecca was Gulzaar Essop.

The Pietermaritzburg resident said he had organised the trip for 13 family members at a cost of than R200 000.

A fuming Gulzaar said the flight was supposed to go to Dubai and then Saudi Arabia.

“They have been promising us for the past two weeks that everything would be all right,” Gulzaar said.

He said people from around the province had arrived at King Shaka International Airport, only to be told they were not able to travel because there were no visas.

They already had their flight tickets in hand.

He said Malek Travels offices were filled with angry people who wanted to know how this could have happened.

“This is terrible,” Gulzaar said.

He said: “They (his family) are looking to me for answers and I have nothing to give.”

He had been calling the travel agency for the past two weeks asking about the progress of their visas, and was constantly told they would receive them soon.

Gulzaar said he had gone to the airport in the belief that they would finally receive their visas there, but it was not to be.

It was not only the botched visa issue that had made him angry but that he had taken leave from work to make the trip. He was embarrassed to have told people he was travelling, only for him not to go in the end.

Abdulaziz Wahab, of Malek Travels, said: “There was a delay with the visas. They (the Saudi authorities) normally do not delay.” He said the visas were obtained from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Pretoria and normally took about three to four days to be obtained.

Wahab said he did not understand what had caused the delay. If they were unable to remedy the situation, they would reimburse people for their costs, he said.

https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/pilg...-trip-12285646


Fake tickets sold to dozens
of Indonesian pilgrims


Thu, December 28, 2017

Police at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport have arrested the manager of a haj travel agency for allegedly selling customers forged visas and plane tickets in what appears to be the latest case of fraud against would-be pilgrims.

The chief of the airport police, Adj. Sr. Comr. Ahmad Yusep, said the scam had been organized by the manager, Hermansyah, without the knowledge of the travel agency's owner.

"Dozens of customers received fake plane tickets," Ahmad said, as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.

The 28-year-old manager had reportedly been instructed by the travel agency's owner to buy plane tickets for 79 customers who bought umrah (minor haj) travel packages. However, 58 of the customers found out that their tickets were fake as they tried to depart from the airport.

Only 21 customers were able to proceed with their departure.

According to Ahmad, the travel agency has already compensated the defrauded customers by replacing their tickets with new ones. All of them have meanwhile departed for Saudi Arabia.

Hermansyah, who is currently detained at the airport police’s detention center, is also alleged to have been involved in similar scams at other travel agencies.

Earlier this year, thousands of umrah pilgrims failed to reach Mecca after the First Travel agency used the money they had paid for the trip to afford the agency owners' luxurious life.

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High-speed rail takes minister
on first Madinah-Makkah journey



Saudi Transport minister Nabil Al-Amoudi and Spanish Ambassador Alvaro Iranzo
sit in Haramain high-speed train that links Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah on Sunday.
Monday 1 January 2018

RIYADH: Dr. Nabil Al-Amoudi, minister of transport and chairman of Saudi Railway Organization and Saudi Railways Company (SAR), on Sunday took the first 450km full journey of the high-speed Haramain train.

The non-stop journey went from Madinah station to Makkah station to examine the readiness of the project before commercial operation of the service.

The head of the public transport authority, President-designate of the Saudi Railway Organization Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih, Spanish Ambassador Alvaro Iranzo, the chief executive of SAR, Dr. Bashar Al-Malik, and several national leaders working on the project, in addition to experts from the consortium entrusted with the operation of the Holy Mosques high-speed rail, also went on the journey.

Al-Amoudi said that this project is of strategic importance and has attracted global attention, as it is one of the mega public transportation projects linking the two Holy Mosques of Makkah and Madinah.

“In addition to the great benefit of transporting Umrah and Hajj pilgrims and visitors, the project facilitates transportation of citizens and residents in the Kingdom via the Holy Mosques high-speed rail through five stations and at high speed throughout the year,” he added.

Al-Rumaih confirmed that the pilot service journeys for Holy Mosques high-speed rail would start in the coming months.

He also explained that during these pilot service journeys, some passengers would be invited to try the service.

“These journeys will increase gradually until the full commercial operation,” he said, noting that “work is underway to determine the ticket prices to be appropriate and reflect the size of service provided in this project.”

Al-Rumaih added: “The consortium charged with the implementation of the project will run it for the next 12 years.”

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Old January 3rd, 2018, 05:04 AM   #11176
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Will this high speed train service be available for Umrah or just Hajj?
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The answer is in the article above ...

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“In addition to the great benefit of transporting Umrah and Hajj pilgrims and visitors, the project facilitates transportation of citizens and residents in the Kingdom via the Holy Mosques high-speed rail through five stations and at high speed throughout the year,” he added.
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Old January 3rd, 2018, 01:25 PM   #11178
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which countries citizens must submit fingerprints and bio-metric for Saudi Arabia Umra and Hajj Visa holders?
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which countries citizens must submit fingerprints and bio-metric for Saudi Arabia Umra and Hajj Visa holders?

Probably all in the long run, but definitely Pakistanis
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Singapore is currently one of the countries.

You can read the full article in the source link below.

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Mandatory biometric registration for Umrah visa application from Nov 20
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Singapore Muslims going to Saudi Arabia for the Umrah (minor) pilgrimage will soon be required to undergo biometric registration and verification when they apply for their visa.
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