Jeddah, January 24, 2023, SPA — Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah held several official meetings yesterday with a number of officials in the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, as part of a delegation visiting the Republic of Algeria.
The minister of Hajj and Umrah pointed out that the visit comes as a part of the existing strategic meetings between government agencies in the two countries to enhance cooperation in various fields to serve the common interests.
Dr. Al-Rabiah stressed that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince works on facilitating all procedures and developing legislation that enables the largest number of Muslims around the world to visit the holy sites and perform Umrah, in light of the Kingdom’s commitment to serving the guests.
In a joint press conference held by the minister of Hajj and Umrah and Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Dr. Youssef Belmahdi, Dr. Al-Rabiah pointed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s readiness to receive two million pilgrims, including 41,300 Algerian pilgrims, during the Hajj season for the current year 1444 AH.
During the conference, he also touched on the development projects and infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide quality services in the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites, which are considered the largest in the world at a cost of more than SR200 billion, including Haramain Express Train, which connects Makkah and Madinah in a two-hour journey.
The minister of Hajj and Umrah stressed the keenness of the Ministry and all agencies related to the Hajj and Umrah system to provide the best health and logistical services to all pilgrims, in a way that guarantees saving time and effort.
He also referred to the variety of services being provided by the “Nusuk platform” in a way that contributes to enriching their experience while they are in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially after extending the Umrah visa period from 30 to 90 days, allowing Umrah to be performed for all types of visas, and reducing the cost of comprehensive insurance.
16:12 LOCAL TIME 13:12 GMT