A total of 531 Umrah companies and establishments are gearing up to receive pilgrims from abroad during the third phase of the gradual resumption of the Umrah service and visit to the Two Holy Mosques, which is scheduled to begin on 1st November, according to distinct health standards and protocols for the safety of the pilgrims coming from abroad.
Hani Al-Omairi, member of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah and the Hotels Committee in Makkah, said that the Umrah companies and establishments have organized many specialized courses for their employees on many aspects, which includes: the way of dealing with crises, crowd management, reception of pilgrims, offering the best possible services at airports and hotels, supervising their entry and exit from the Grand Mosque in line with guidelines, and taking appointments through the application Eatmarna through direct supervision by qualified personnel from Umrah firms with regard to performing the rituals.
There are more than 6,500 foreign Umrah agents who will be associated with the licensed 531 Saudi companies and establishments to arrange performance of the rituals by millions of pilgrims from around the world, and 32 sites and platforms available to book and make payment for the pilgrimage programs for foreign pilgrims.
He indicated that there are more than 1,200 hotels, with over 270,000 rooms in Makkah and over 75,000 hotel rooms in Medina with a high-quality classification and international standards, in which more than 14,000 Saudi men and women work. It is expected that the Umrah season will fetch about SAR 10 billion with 70% operation of hotels, transportation and commercial establishments during the current season.