Umrah Visa applications closed till the completion of Hajj 1440

Umrah Visa applications closed till the completion of Hajj 1440 (2019)

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stopped receiving Umrah visa applications  till the completion of Hajj this year 1440 (2019). 

The ministry will resume receiving Umrah visa applications after the completion of Hajj from 15th Dhul Hijjah, which is 16th August 2019. Umrah visas will be issued in 5 days and will be for a period not exceeding a month.

- This year Saudi Arabia has issued more than 7.6 million Umrah visas out of which 7.39 million pilgrims arrived in the Kingdom. About 6.5 million pilgrims arrived by air, while 707 thousand pilgrims entered by land and 135 thousand arrived by sea.

- Pakistan pilgrims are the largest numbers about 1.65 million in this Umrah season, followed by Indonesians with 967 thousand pilgrims, Indian pilgrims in the third spot with 650 thousand, Egypt with 539 thousand pilgrims, Yemen (338,618), Turkey (321,494), Malaysia (278,674), Iraq with 277,571 and Jordan with 216,165 pilgrims.

- Developing Hajj and Umrah organisations and services is Saudi Arabia's government top priority, The Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan aims to bring 30 million Umrah pilgrims and provide them with excellent services and outstanding experience.

Umrah Visa applications closed till the completion of Hajj 1440

Saudi cities records highest Temperatures and more Humidity in the coming days

Saudi Cities records highest Temperatures, more Humidity in the coming days

Temperature soared in the Eastern regions of Saudi Arabia, Al Ahsa is the hottest city in the Kingdom as it recorded a maximum of 48 degree Celsius with a feel of 52 degree Celsius. See Also : Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia'a Abha airport

The weather department in the Kingdom listed 14 cities, which registered highest temperatures on Sunday. Hafar Al Batin recorded with a maximum of 47 degree Celsius followed by Dammam, Buraidah.

- Riyadh recorded 44 degree Celsius, Makkah with 42, Madina and Qunfudha with 41, ArAr and Yanbu with 40 degree Celsius. Bisha, Hail and Sakaka with 38 and 37 degrees. Recommend : Careem launches bus service in Jeddah

- The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection (GAMEP) warned Saturday in its weather forecast highest temperature and more humidity in the coming days especially in the Eastern Province.

- Riyadh city which normally has dry weather may go as high as 48 degrees. The weather will be hot to extremely hot in the Eastern region extending from Eastern Province to Central region of Saudi Arabia said The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection.

- Authorities in Saudi Arabia already banned midday work from 12 noon to 3 PM from June 15 till September 15. The weather department calls people to remain indoors whether it be at home or in offices during the day time.

- Supermarkets in the eastern regions confirmed big increase in sales of bottled water, juices and soda. Various social organizations and business establishments have set up water coolers in some locations of the cities of Dammam, Jubail, Al Khobar and Al Ahsa. Read : Instant e-Visa in 3 minutes for Jeddah Season in Saudi Arabia

- Gusty winds are expected to kick dust and cause low visibility in the southern parts of the western coastal sea. After midday rain bearing thunderclouds are expected in some cities like Jizan, Asir and Al Baha.

- Surface winds in the Red sea are expected to be northerly with speeds ranging from 18 and 45 kph. Doctors warned against exposure to direct sunlight or hot weather during the day. Most Viewed : New rules on recruiting domestic workers in Saudi Arabia

- Doctors called public to take a lot of fluids so as to compensate the fluids lost by perspiration, especially workers working outside in the field.

Saudi cities records highest Temperatures and more Humidity in the coming days

Jun 17, 2019

Self Immigration Check counters at Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport

Self Immigration Check counters at Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport

Last year, King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh introduced 6 new KIOSK immigration machines on the right side to the old immigration counters for self immigration check. Trending : Makkah Clock Tower museum attracting worldwide Tourists

Steps to use new KIOSK immigration counter :

1. Select Language

2. Scan Passport, then your passport details with flight details will appear on the screen. Airlines check-in counters are synchronized with these new immigration KIOSK machines.

3. Take a picture

4. Then scan right hand four fingerprints

5. A slip will be given similar to boarding pass, small part of which will be torn by the immigration office for records.

- Note : Old immigration counters are also working, The officers are sending some people randomly to use new KIOSK immigration counters. See Also : Fines and deportation of expats on failing to renew iqamas on time

- For Kids below 5 years after passport scan, system will not ask them for fingerprints.

Self Immigration Check counters at Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport

Makkah Clock Tower's Museum attracts Worldwide Tourists

Makkh Clock Tower turns into Tourist attraction with its Museum

World's third tallest building 'Makkah Clock Tower' with globe's largest clock is now have a museum inside for the Muslim visitors on the top four floors of the building. Read : New moon sighting of Ramadan and Shawwal from Makkah's clock tower

The museum was designed to take the visitors on a tour of Universe, which will reveal how the people in olden days used to measure the time, how they used sun, moon and the galaxies for the purpose of measuring the time. See Also : Careem launches Bus service in Jeddah

- One floor is dedicated to the Sun and how the Moon and the earth revolve around it, another floor is dedicated to the time measurement, It is also filled with models and the structures on astronomy and galaxies as the authorities aim to attract more Muslim tourists to the Saudi Arabia.


- One of the floor is dedicated to the world's largest giant clock with each face measuring 43 by 43 meters, it weights about 36,000 tonnes. The clock is equipped with protection against rain, sandstorms and winds. See Also : A security officer carries elderly man up from stairs in Makkah

- The giant clock is covered by 100 million piece glass mosaic with 24 carat gold leaf. By night about 2 million LEDs illuminate the clock, making it visible till the distance of 8 km.

- The other floor is for a balcony view for the visitors, who can enjoy the panoramic view of the Grand Holy Mosque. The entrance fee is costing about 40$. Recommend : Fines and deportation of expats on failing to renew iqama on time

- The Makkah Clock Tower museum is run by MISK, a non-profit organisation headed by the Saudi Crown Prince 'Mohammad bin Salman'.


Houthi attack at Saudi Arabia's Abha Airport, 26 People injured

Houthi Missile attack at Saudi Arabia's Abha Airport, 26 injured

The Arab Coalition said Houthi rebels missile attacked Abha airport in Saudi Arabia Today leaving 26 people injured. Read : Saudi Arabia shoots down 2 missiles heading towards Makkah and Jeddah

Eight people injured at Abha airport were admitted to the hospital, the other 18 were discharged after receiving first aid reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

- A projectile hit the arrivals hall of airport, causing material damage. 3 women and 2 children were among the injured, among the injured Saudi nationals, Yemenis and Indian nationals are available said the Coalition.

- The Houthi rebels earlier said they launched a missile at Abha airport in Saudi Arabia's mountain resort city, which is 200 km far from Yemen border and the airport is serving domestic and regional routes.

- The attack of the Houthis injured 26 people. However, air traffic was currently running normally at the airport said Saudi Civil Aviation.


Fines and Deportation on Expats for failing to renew Iqama

Fines and Deportation of Expats for failing to renew Iqama before its Expiry date

The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) in Saudi Arabia warned expatriates on failure of renewing iqamas before its expiry date to result in punishments as per the rules and regulations including deportation to home country. See Also : Required documents for stamping family visit visa

If an expat caught with expired iqama, for the first time the fine will be 500 SR and for the second time fine will go up to 1000 SR, in case of third time expat will be deported to his or her home country reported Saudi Gazette.

- As per the regulations iqamas should renew before its expiry date at least 3 days before, Expiry date of Saudi resident id card can check through Absher or Muqeem e-Gate. One can also check it online by following this link 'Check expiry date of Saudi iqama online'.


Careem launches Bus service in Jeddah

Careem Launches its Bus service in Jeddah

Careem launched its bus service in Saudi Arabia with Jeddah as the first city for operations in the Kingdom. Initially this service is operated with 20 buses. Most Viewed : PIA passenger opened emergency exit door thinking its toilet door

The aim of the Careem bus service is to cater the daily commuters, The price per trip is going to cost 3 SR and 5 SR depending on the route. It will be 60 to 70% cheaper than Careem car service. Recommend : Sign Up for free ride of Careem in Saudi Arabia

- Careem bus service will be available between 7 AM to 8 PM, Initially this service will start with 13 seater air conditioned mini buses with stops at various landmarks of the city.

- For now the bus service will operate on 3 routes, Tahlia street loop, Prince Sultan Road north-south-north and Hira street east-west-east. Based on the customers feedback, the service will be added to more routes. See Also : No work under sun between June 15 to September announced Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia

- The app for Careem bus service is different from the Car service app and the app is available in both Android and iOS. Last month the Careem bus service launched between Jeddah and Makkah.

- Users can choose the pickup location and drop off location after which the option of picking the bus that suits their time, They can also track the bus when arriving at the location like Careem car app. Read : A Saudi and an Arab expat steals company safe in broad daylight

- Walk on passengers also can go through Careem bus without booking, Initially the payment option is only cash, later it will add wallet on the app or by registering the credit card.

- The Careem buses are provided in partnership with vendors who employ the drivers and pay them a fixed monthly salary, All the fares collected by the drivers is for Careem. Drivers to get their salary regardless of the number of trips.


PIA passenger opened Emergency Exit door thinking its a Toilet door

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) passenger opened Emergency Exit door thinking its a Toilet door

A female passenger on board in a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight opened an emergency exit door believing it was the door of the toilet. Trending : Udupi people in India try Frog wedding for rains

The PIA flight (PK 702) from Manchester to Islamabad was delayed by several hours due to this reason. After the passenger unknownly opened the emergency exit it resulted in activation of emergency chute. Recommend : No work under the direct sun in Saudi Arabia from June 15

- After the investigation, The female passenger said she thought it was the door of the toilet. This incident happened while the plane was parked on the runway and read to take off.

- Immediately, All the passengers offloaded from the flight and their luggage was removed and all the passengers were put up in hotels. This incident happened on 7th June 2019. See Also : Saudi Arabia is issuing e-Tourist Saudi visa in 3 minutes 

- As per the aviation industry expert, deploying an emergency slide is not a small incident. It actually costs an airline to bear from 6000 USD to 30,000 USD, whenever the emergency chute is deployed.


Jun 9, 2019
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Udupi people in India try Frog Wedding for Rains

Video : Udupi people in India try Frog Wedding for Rains and to beat the scorching Heat

In a strange attempt to appease the rain god as per the locals ideology, the Udupi Citizen Forum arranged the marriage of 2 frogs. Local believe that this ritual will get them rains and relief from the scorching heat. Most Viewed : Procedure to get Endorsement letter from Indian Embassy for Saudi PCC

This strange event happened in Udupi which is 400 kms away from Bangalore of Indian city. As per the Udupi Citizen Forum, The rain god seems to have deserted the coastal district over the past few months and the people are struggling for water. Recommend : Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince congratulated Indian PM Narendra Modi on his victory

- This wedding will get much needed rains for them, the wedding ritual began by catching a female frog and male frog from two different villages.

- Hundreds of guests invited and attended including media persons, the wedding of Varun (male frog) of Kalsanka village and Varsha (female frog) of Keelinge village, the marriage was performed as per the Hindu rituals. See Also : Flynas announced direct flights to Delhi and Hyderabad

- The two frogs were well dressed in custom made outfits for the marriage ceremony. The newly wed couple will be sent on a honeymoon to Mannapalla near Manipal.


Instant e-Tourism Visa in 3 minutes for Jeddah Season Festival

Saudi Arabia is issuing instant e-Tourism Visa in Three minutes for Jeddah Season Festival

Saudi Arabia announced issuance of instant e-tourism visa for the visitors of 'Jeddah Season' within 3 minutes with a condition that the applicant shall buy ticket for anyone of the event of the ongoing 40 days 'Jeddah Season' festival. Most Viewed : Saudi bans work under the sun from June 15 to September 15

Visa issuance is linked with the purchase of tickets for any of the events of the festival, Through purchase of a ticket, applicant can obtain tourist visa immediately and within 3 minutes with the portal , the applicant have to complete some minor procedures. Trending : New moon sighting of Ramadan and Shawwal from Makkah Clock Tower from 2020

- The approval of the instant e-Tourism Saudi visa comes with a aim to boost the flow of tourists and visitors to Jeddah and to push for the success of the first edition of the Jeddah Season festival, which is started on June 8th and ends on July 18th of 2019.

- The festival is featuring wide variety of events and activities aiming to target the visitors of all age groups, individuals and families. One of the aim of the season is to bring the attention to the city of Jeddah, which is one of the major seafronts with unique features in terms of its seashore, arts and diversity of its cultures and its originality as per the report published on Saudi Gazette. Recommend : Saudi Arabia imposes tax on e-Cigarettes and sugary drinks


No Work under the Direct Sun from June 15 to September 15 in Saudi Arabia

No Work under the direct Sun in Saudi Arabia from June 15 to September 15

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development announced that 'no more work under the direct sun' is going into force from June 15 and ends on September 15 of this year from 12 PM to 3 PM, All the companies should not allowed their employees to work under the direct sun. Trending : New moon sighting system of Ramadan and Shawwal from Makkah's Clock Tower

All employers should ensure that their workers stay out of the sun for the 3 hours (12 PM to 3 PM) from June 15 to September 15. The Ministry is keen to protect the safety and health of workers in the private sector providing them a secure working environment, away for exposure to any health hazards. Most Viewed : A Saudi and an Arab expatriate steals company's vault in broad daylight

- However, There will be exemptions in some parts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for outdoor work ban where the temperatures are low in those areas. The branches of Ministry Of Labor coordinating with such provinces with regard of taking decision whether the work ban under the sun or not.

- Moreover, This rule is not applicable to workers of oil and gas companies or those engaging in emergency maintenance works. Recommend : How to get endorsement letter for Saudi PCC

- In case if anyone's employer is not following the rule of Ministry, expatriates or citizens can call to the customer service number 19911 or can visit for any queries or lodging of complaints about the violations.


A Saudi & Arab Expatriate Steal Company Safe

A Saudi & an Arab Exat steal Company's Safe in broad Daylight

A Saudi citizen and an Arab expatriate stole a safe from a trading company in the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia, As per the local report the Saudi guy was in his twenties and the police in the Kingdom have been arrested both the suspects. Trending : New moon sighting system in Mecca's Clock Tower

A CCTV footage of the company showed both while they are transporting the safe and loading it in to a van, which was parked within the company compound. Read : Expat remittances dropped by 9%

- The robbery happened in broad daylight in the neighborhood of Dammam's Al Manar city said the police spokesperson of the Easter Province.

- He revealed that the suspected thieves were identified and arrested based on the footage of the CCTV, and brought to justice and face legal charges. See Also : Procedure to get endorsement letter from Embassy for Saudi Police Clearance Certificate


Jun 7, 2019
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