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Umrah visas may be converted in to tourist visas

President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Prince Sultan Bin Salman has launched an initiative which will allow the pilgrims to convert their Umrah visas into tourists visas.

According to the Saudi Gazette, this is the major step of the initiative ‘The Kingdom is Muslims’ Destination’ which was taken by the commission several years ago.

After the initiative ceremony of this initiative in Riyadh, Prince Sultan Bin Salman said that the program plans to facilitate the pilgrims with an opportunity in order to see the historical Islamic sites, landmarks, shopping centers and other attractive tourist spots of the country.

With the format of visas, the pilgrims will be enabled to make tours including the cultural, educational, marketing or medical ones and can also be able to attend exhibitions and conferences after the completion of Umrah.

Moreover, business visa holders as well as GCC citizens would also be allowed to take advantage of the opportunity in order to join the post-Umrah program.

According to statistics, at least 1.25 million pilgrims are expected to perform the ritual each month this year.

Moreover, on Sunday, government of Pakistan announced to introduce special tracking systems for the pilgrims during the performance of Hajj this year.

State Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Aminul Hasnat told that the system will enable the government to keep an eye on the accurate location of the pilgrim.

According to him, “A device will be fixed in wrist watches, lockets or rings worn by pilgrims, which will help the monitoring team keep track of them.”

About 1, 43, 268 Pakistani pilgrims will perform the sacred ritual this year.

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