Saudi Arab ready for Ramadan influx of Umrah pilgrims

Jeddah, KSA

The Kingdom has completed all preparations for the influx of millions of pilgrims into the country for Ramadan, the Council of Ministers announced Monday.

At a meeting chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Monday, the monarch was reassured that the country was ready to offer a safe and secure visit for pilgrims, according to a statement issued by Culture and Information Minister Adel Al-Toraifi to SPA.

Al-Toraifi said the Cabinet thanked King Salman for overseeing the expansion and development of the two holy mosques and holy sites, in conjunction with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee; and for his patronage through the crown prince of the 16th Scholarly Forum on Haj and Umrah organized by Umm Al-Qura University.

At the outset of the session, King Salman welcomed the GCC leaders who will attend their 16th consultative meeting in Jeddah on Tuesday, and prayed that their deliberations would improve the standard of living for all people of the region. He also briefed the Cabinet on his meeting with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

The Cabinet thanked King Salman for exempting farmers of the Arabian Shield areas from paying their loans to the Agricultural Development Fund because of the drought. They also welcomed his attendance at the final match between Al-Ahli and Al-Nasr, which showed his support for young people.