Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia starts receiving individuals' requests from various countries to perform Umrah

Monday 1443/1/1 - 2021/08/09
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Riyadh, August 09, 2021, SPA -- Saudi newspapers highlighted in their editorials today a number of issues at local, regional and international arenas.
Al-Bilad newspaper said in its editorial that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to exert all efforts to enable Muslims to perform Umrah rituals and visit the Two Holy Mosques in accordance with an integrated system of services and precautionary measures.
In this regard, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced the start of receiving Umrah performers of citizens and residents, in addition to gradually receiving Umrah requests from various countries of the world, starting from today, August 9, 2021.
The ministry said it will increase the capacity to reach two million pilgrims per month, with the condition that the issuance of permits will be through the “Etamarna and Tawakalna” applications, amid an integrated system of services and preventive measures. The ministry is working, in coordination with the competent authorities, to determine the countries from which Umrah performers come, the newspaper added.
In light of these efforts, immunization will be a prerequisite for performing Umrah, praying in the Grand Mosque, and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque.
As for the would-be Umrah performers coming from abroad, a certificate of immunization approved by the official authorities in the country of the Umrah performer must be attached within the documents of requesting the performance of Umrah, with the condition that the vaccines be approved in Saudi Arabia, and commitment to the institutional quarantine procedures for travelers coming to the Kingdom from countries from which the suspension of direct entry to the Kingdom is still continuing.
The newspaper concluded that all these tremendous efforts aim to ensure the success of Umrah session.
In another context, Al-Riyadh newspaper reported in its editorial that Saudi Vision 2030’s rich pillars put culture, people and quality of life on the top of its priority list.
The newspaper added that due to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s cultural efforts, the member states of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) elected the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be the Organization’s vice-chairman of the Arab group in the World Heritage Committee during the committee's 44th session which was held in Fuzhou, China, for the period between 2021-2023.
The daily further said the election of Saudi Arabia was a result of its prominent role in supporting heritage and its efforts to document the common human heritage alongside the member states of the Committee and to achieve the goals of the organization in general and the goals of the World Heritage Committee in particular.
09:37 LOCAL TIME 06:37 GMT