JEDDAH: The Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia has issued 5,808,675 Umrah visas until the month of Ramadan this Hijri year through 110 embassies of the Kingdom across the world.
Meanwhile, a Jeddah airport official said that things were moving smoothy and that all facilities and manpower were ready for departure of passengers for the Eid Al-Fitr holiday and return of Umrah pilgrims to their countries.
Prince Khaled bin Saud bin Khalid, assistant foreign minister, said the government, under the guidance of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, has helped in providing all sorts of facilities to Muslims from around the world to enable them to perform Umrah at ease.
The prince said that 500,000 pilgrims reach for Umrah at one time, thanks to the group system made possible with the help of the Ministries of Foreign, Interior and Haj.
Abdul Hameed Aba Al-Urri, director general of King Abdul Aziz International Airport of Jeddah, told Arab News that the airport was coordinating with the Haj and Umrah lounges, aviation companies and the Ministry of Haj.
There are approximately 120 Umrah flights from Haj and Umrah lounges daily.
A pilgrim, Fayez Nooruddin, 45, said that the services at the airport were very good. “But we were surprised by the cancelation of my and my family’s reservation by the Saudi Arabian Airlines. I didn’t get any explanation from the airline about this.”
Naimah Al-Eidani, a 55-year-old Tunisian passenger, expressed her satisfaction at the facilities and management at the airport. “There is no mismanagement at the airport. We completed the formalities easily,” she said.