Saudi Arabia plans to phase out the Umrah program for visitors, which has been suspended due to the coronavirus.
According to the foreign news agency Al-Arabiya.net, the Minister of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia Muhammad Saleh Bintan has said that “the country is going to gradually restore Umrah with the SOPs of hygiene”.
Speaking at the Umrah Forum on making the Umrah program memorable and easier, the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah said, “In the next phase, we will rely on modern technology so that Umrah companies and institutions at home and abroad can introduce Umrah packages in a modern form.”
He further said that the ministry will release an app through which the aspirants will determine the date and time of performing Umrah keeping in view their convenience. Umrah companies and institutions will offer their services in this regard to those who come for Umrah from within the country and abroad.
The Saudi minister said that more than 30 Saudi and international companies would be given job opportunities in connection with the Umrah program. Umrah companies will offer their services online and keep in touch with those coming for Umrah, while the first change will be made with reference to the visitors of Masjid-e-Nabavi from home and abroad.