Madinah, January 4, 2024, The inaugural group of Umrah performers designated to be hosted in 2024 as part of the Guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Hajj, Umrah, and Visit, spearheaded by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance, arrived in Madinah today. This initial cohort consists of 250 influential Islamic figures hailing from 14 East Asian countries, namely Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Hong Kong, Japan, Brunei, Thailand, Republic of Korea, Cambodia, and Mongolia.
The subsequent second and third waves of Umrah performers are anticipated to arrive later today, collectively completing the reception of the 1000 Umrah performers slated to be hosted. Upon reaching Madinah, the guests expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for their benevolent gesture. They emphasized that such hospitality reflects the leaders' unwavering commitment to serving Islam and Muslims.
The General Secretariat of the Guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Hajj, Umrah, and Visit has meticulously devised a program to facilitate the guests' visits to significant religious sites in Madinah. Before proceeding to Makkah for Umrah, the guests will have the opportunity to visit the Prophet's Mosque, Quba Mosque, and other historical landmarks, enriching their spiritual journey and fostering a deeper connection with the sacred sites. This thoughtful initiative aims to ensure that the Umrah performers have a meaningful and enriching experience during their pilgrimage.