Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah announced the signing of a new agreement with Pakistan aimed at increasing the number of flights between the two countries as well as reducing costs for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims from that country.
A high-ranking Saudi delegation, headed by Al-Rabiah, arrived here on Sunday on a four-day official visit. During the last leg of the visit, the minister will open Nusuk Exhibition in the southern port city of Karachi on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference in the presence of Pakistan’s Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Aneeq Ahmed, Al-Rabiah said that the unified national platform Nusuk simplifies procedures for pilgrims, and gives Hajj and Umrah pilgrims the freedom to choose hotels and the related facilities and services.
Al-Rabiah said the Nusuk platform would contribute to the issuance of Umrah visas in less than 24 hours, and the visa period can be extended from 30 days to 90 days. “The Pakistani pilgrims can visit the tourist, historical and cultural places, and visit any region in Saudi Arabia. Our goal is to make Umrah an unforgettable historical experience,” he said.
Al-Rabiah said the Nusk exhibition will be opened in Karachi on Tuesday. “A large number of Saudi and Pakistani tourist and Umrah companies will attend the exhibition,” he said.