Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah cancels 14-day waiting period between Umrah
By easing preventive measures, the operational capacity of the Grand Mosque for Umrah and prayers has significantly increased: ministry
Pilgrims perform the Fajr prayer without social distancing, after Saudi authorities announced the easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, at the Grand Mosque in holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, October 17, 2021. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
By Staff Writer, Arab News
JEDDAH: Pilgrims wishing to perform Umrah will no longer be required to wait for 14 days to book for the ritual, according to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, chief of planning and strategy officer at the ministry, told Arab News that by easing preventive measures, the operational capacity of the Grand Mosque for Umrah and prayers has significantly increased.
“In line with the developments at this stage, which in turn increased the demand in the dates available to perform Umrah, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah made this feature available for pilgrims. This condition is no longer necessary and will achieve a fair opportunity for all due to the high demand,” he told Arab News.
On Oct. 16, the Ministry of Interior announced the easing of restrictions across the Kingdom, including those affecting the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, allowing a full return to operations and capacity.
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