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Ministry: More than 3.8 million Umrah visas issued so far

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Ministry: More than 3.8 million Umrah visas issued so far

Government and private sector entities in Makkah and Madinah are providing first-class services to the worshippers JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,896,580, of which 3,454,398 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry. There are 431,293 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 297,147 in Makkah and 134,146 in Madinah. Most pilgrims — 3,069,062 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 357,165 entered by land and 28,171 arrived by sea. The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (863,317) followed by Indonesia (564,273), India (373,781), Yemen (191,214), Malaysia (185,716), Egypt (177,695), Turkey (143,074), Algeria (119,545) and Bangladesh (86,476). The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,124 Saudis including 8,386 males and 1,738 females. Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government. Government and private sector entities in Makkah and Madinah are providing first-class services to the worshippers. The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.

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Saudi Arabia to see up to $21bn investment in housing this year

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s housing minister said on Wednesday he expects investments in the real estate financing sector to reach between SR60 billion and SR80 billion ($21.33 billion) in 2019. Real estate financing for January hit SR4.7 billion, and coming months were expected to see even bigger figures, Majed Al-Hogail told Reuters on the sidelines of a housing conference in Riyadh. The ministry wants 60 percent of Saudis to own homes by 2020. It is working with local banks to facilitate financing and help developers increase the supply of affordable units.

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