Second phase of Umrah resumption begins

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in cooperation with the concerned authorities, has begun implementing the second phase of the gradual resumption of performing Umrah and visiting, as it received Umrah performers (citizens and residents) from inside the Kingdom.

The second stage allows obtaining four types of permits, namely performing rituals of Umrah, performing prayers within Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifah (the area between Prophet Muhammad's grave and his pulpit), performing prayers inside the Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and greeting the Prophet and his companions, said a Saudi Press Agency report.

This comes in implementation of the royal directives to gradually allow the performance of Umrah and the visit, while taking necessary health precautions in response to the aspirations of many of Muslims inside the Kingdom or abroad to perform the rituals of Umrah and visit.

According to the executive plan drawn up by government agencies, the second phase of the resumption of Umrah and the visit will witness greater numbers than the first phase, by 15,000 Umrah performers and 40,000 worshipers per day as a maximum, as citizens and residents will be allowed to perform Umrah up to 75 per cent of the capacity.

Each group will be allocated three hours only to complete the rituals of Umrah, the report said.