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Saudi Arabia Extends Umrah Visa Duration to 90 Days for Pakistani Pilgrims

Date: August 22, 2023

Saudi Arabia has announced an extension of the Umrah visa duration for Pakistani pilgrims to 90 days, a move aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and facilitating the Hajj and Umrah journeys of Pakistani faithfuls. The announcement was made by Dr. Tawfig bin Fawzan Al Rabiah, the visiting Saudi Minister for Hajj and Umrah, during a joint press conference alongside Pakistan’s caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs, Aneeq Ahmed.

Dr. Tawfig underscored the significance of this initiative in fostering closer ties between the two nations and providing enhanced ease for Pakistani pilgrims during their spiritual sojourns. Saudi Arabia is also taking steps to enhance the religious tourism experience by opening additional locations in Makkah and Madinah, including a hundred historical and religious sites.

In discussions held during his visit, agreements were reached to augment flight services, allowing more Pakistani pilgrims to embark on these sacred journeys. Both President Arif Alvi and interim Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar expressed their sincere appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s unwavering support on global Muslim issues. President Alvi also highlighted key investment opportunities in Pakistan’s IT, renewable energy, industrial, and infrastructure sectors.

Additionally, Saudi airline SAUDIA has unveiled an enticing offer by announcing a generous 50% discount on all flights. Travellers can avail of this special offer by booking tickets for SAUDIA flights from August 17 to August 30.

The visit served as a platform to acknowledge the positive trajectory of bilateral relations, with both sides lauding each other. The Saudi minister recognized Pakistan as a trusted partner of Saudi Arabia, praising the nation’s status. The Kingdom’s ongoing commitment to providing exceptional arrangements for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims was hailed, and the hope for continued special treatment of Pakistani pilgrims was expressed.”

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