SAUDI TO ALLOW ACCESS TO QATARI PILGRIMS DESPITE DIPLOMATIC ROW

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia will allow pilgrims from Qatar to visit the kingdom, to perform Umrah or Hajj this year, despite a diplomatic row, local media reported.

The only restriction on the Qatari pilgrims is, they should travel to the kingdom aboard all flights, other than Qatar Airways, Qatar’s national carrier, the Al Arabiya TV reported.

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation, quoted a statement by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah as saying, that, Riyadh welcomes Qataris who wish to perform Umrah or Hajj this year, if they have permits from the ministry and from the relevant department in Qatar.

Qatari pilgrims can travel to the kingdom via any airlines, except Qatar Airways, and through any flight routes to the kingdom, except through Doha, the ministry said.

They should enter the kingdom through King Abdulaziz International Airport, in Jeddah, or through Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina, it added.

Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the most holy city for Muslims. This year’s Hajj will begin in the evening of Aug 30, and end in the evening of Sept 4.

Umrah (smaller Hajj), is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, that Muslims can perform at any time of the year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK