Saudi Arabia: Motivational Initiatives for Hajj and Umrah Enterprises

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Saudi Arabia: Motivational Initiatives for Hajj and Umrah Enterprises


Monday – 25 Rajab 1442 AH – 08 March 2021 AD


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz (SPA)

Riyadh: «Middle East Online»

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz approved a number of incentive initiatives for establishments operating in the Hajj and Umrah sector, in order to mitigate the financial and economic impacts of the Corona Covid-19 pandemic on individuals, private sector establishments and investors.
These initiatives come as an extension of the efforts of the Saudi government to confront the financial and economic impacts on the sectors operating in the field of Hajj and Umrah and economic activities most affected by the repercussions of this pandemic.
The initiatives included exempting accommodation facilities from the annual fees for licenses for municipal business activities for a period of (one year) in the cities of Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Madinah, exempting the establishments of the Hajj and Umrah sector from the fee for expatriates working for a period of 6 months, and renewing the licenses of the Ministry of Tourism for a period of (one year) without charge for utilities Accommodation in the cities of Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah can be extended.
The initiatives included delaying the collection of fees for residency renewal for expatriates working in activities related to the Hajj and Umrah sector for a period of 6 months, provided that the amounts are to be paid in installments over a year. In addition to extending the validity of the licenses (forms) for buses operating in the facilities to transport pilgrims without charge for a period of (one year), and postponing the collection of customs duties for new buses for the Hajj season 1442 AH for a period of 3 months and in installments over a period of 4 months starting from the due date.
It is noteworthy that the Saudi government launched more than 150 initiatives whose allocations exceeded 180 billion riyals, with the aim of confronting the repercussions of the Corona pandemic and mitigating its effects on individuals, the private sector and investors.


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