SAUDI ARABIA

2m Umrah pilgrims expected in Ramadan

April 25, 2018

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH
— King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah has completed all its preparations to receive about two million people from various parrots of the world who will come to the Kingdom to perform Umrah during the holy month of Ramadan (tentatively to begin May 16), according to Essam Nur, director general of the airport.

"We have made all the necessary arrangements to receive and send off the increasing number of the Umrah pilgrims who are expected to peak in Ramadan," he was quoted as saying by Al Watan Arabic daily.

Nur said the airport's management has prepared all the lounges to provide the best of services to the arriving and departing pilgrims.

According to a statistical report issued by the airport, more than 10 million people who arrived and left the Kingdom after performing the Umrah since the season has started in October.

The Umrah season will conclude on July 2018 after which no Umrah visas will be issued.

The report said during this period, 6,431,604 pilgrims have performed the Umrah.

It said the number of the arrivals were 3,330,847 while those who departed were 3,397,757.

The director said all the operational sectors and the service-providing companies in the airport are making strenuous efforts to ensure the pilgrims with consummate services and to achieve the highest degree of performance.

"Since the beginning of Shaaban (April 17), there has been a big rise in the number of the pilgrims and more of them are expected with the school summer holidays which will commence on May 15," he said.

Nur said the airport's management is working in close cooperation and coordination with its government and private partners "of success" to ensure the easy movement of the pilgrims and to supply them with standard services that will enable them perform their rituals in ease and comfort.

"Seven lounges for arrival and the same number of lounges for departure have been prepared to receive and send off the pilgrims who will be served by 27 concerned government and private bodies," Nur said.


April 25, 2018
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