Saudi Arabia activates new web link for Qatari Umrah applicants

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah set up the new link for Qatari Umrah applications after the previous link was blocked by the Qatari government. (Screengrab)
Updated 15 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia activates new web link for Qatari Umrah applicants

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has activated a new web link to handle requests from Qatari nationals wishing to perform the Umrah pilgrimage, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah set up the new link because access to the previous one was blocked by Qatari authorities, SPA said.

The new link is: https://qtumra.haj.gov.sa

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly stressed that Qatari nationals are welcome to undertake pilgrimages to the Kingdom, despite the diplomatic rift between the two countries. 

The Kingdom, along with the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, in 2017 imposed a boycott on Qatar due to claims it supports terrorist groups. Doha denies the claims.


Saudi crown prince meets with Dubai crown prince

Updated 27 May 2019
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Saudi crown prince meets with Dubai crown prince

JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai, met on Sunday to review the "brotherly historical relations" between the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
They also discussed the promising opportunities for cooperation in various fields, SPA said.
The meeting was attended by top officials from both sides.
Before the meeting, King Salman received the Dubai crown prince at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah and had iftaar together, along with other officials including  Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and the chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais. 
King Salman is spending the last ten days of Ramadan in the holy city of Makkah.