Umrah Visa along with Islamic Historical Sites

Posted by Ady Grewal on August 26th, 2019

Lots of visas are issued each year regarding Hajj and Umrah, visitation, and business tours, etc. to the people belonging to the non-GCC countries. But never tourist visa has been issued to the travelers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims for Hajj and Umrah are not allowed to visit other Islamic places but to stay within the three cities such as Makkah, Medina, and Jeddah. But now pilgrims can enjoy visiting other Islamic spots in Saudi Arabia by the permission of vice-president for marketing and programs at SCTA, Abdullah S. Al-Jehani. This visa will allow the pilgrims to visit other cities of Saudi Arabia apart from Makkah, Medina, and Jeddah, after performing Umrah.

Not only are the visiting spots permissible but also business activities that surround exhibitions and antiquities would be focused more. Worldwide members from all corner of the world get attracted to the trade exhibitions held in Riyadh every year. In this regard, the Riyadh Exhibitions Company has already amassed 330 displays in the domain of automotive and energy, food and beverages which welcomed worldwide guests from 40 countries almost.

The issuance of Umrah visa along with Islamic Historical Sites will increase growth in the tourism as well as the hospitality sector for those who leave home and away umrah packages to perform Umrah and visit Islamic spots. Furthermore, the endeavors being made by the domain to improve and develop the infrastructure of roads and the rail networks are to facilitate the pilgrims rush and to serve better the business visitors as well.

No doubt the income generated through the tourism boosts the economy of any country, that’s why the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a collection of historic edifices and places that the Muslims love to visit but under their normal Umrah visa they are not allowed to travel outside Makkah, Medina, and Jeddah in the past.

To keep in view such matter to strengthen the tourism industry of the Kingdom, the Saudi Government has planned to introduce “Umrah-plus” visa that will let Muslims visit historical Islamic places that are beyond three cities.

Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud the chairman of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities has reported that Saudi Arabia is already on its way to restore and build several museums and more attractive places in Makkah and Medina based on Islamic theme.

Additionally, in pursuit of tourism growth, the Heritage hotels are also going through the construction phase to provide the amenities to the visitors.

According to a report, revenue from tourism was 10 percent for the year 2012 that summed up to 61.8 billion riyals (USD 61.5 billion). Yet, the religious visitors and pilgrims were a notable contribution to tourism.

Therefore, within the Umrah visa, the pilgrims will be allowed to stay in Saudi Arabia for 28 days during which they will perform the rituals of pilgrimage and explore the Ziyarahs in the two Holy Cities. On the other hand, with the issuance of Umrah-plus visas, the pilgrims will be allowed to take a managed tour to the cultural and religious sites besides Makkah and Medina.

Consequently, there is great interest worldwide in Islamic history, so the opening up of visas to other countries will create a large entry of tourists and scholars to Saudi Arabia. However, Riyadh and Jeddah could become hubs for transportation between the East and West shortly.


Ady Grewal

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