What is the last date for Umrah pilgrims to exit Saudi Arabia: Here's official clarification

10:20 PM | 5 Jun, 2023
What is the last date for Umrah pilgrims to exit Saudi Arabia: Here's official clarification

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that the last date for Umrah pilgrims to depart the kingdom is the 18th of June.

The ministry has clarified that June 4th is the last date on which pilgrims can have Umrah permits issued for performing the rituals.  

The Ministry's decision to suspend the issuance of Umrah permits comes as the kingdom gears up to prepare for Hajj 2023 to receive Hajj pilgrims from all over the world; Saudi Arabia hosts two of Islam's holiest sites and welcomes millions of pilgrims every year.

Earlier, the ministry had confirmed that the Umrah visa does not allow pilgrims to perform the rituals of Hajj, calling on visitors to be careful when making reservations to perform the Hajj rituals.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have warned the pilgrims of fake Hajj campaigns, confirming that the reservations can only be done through approved platforms.

The ministry has announced that the approved platforms for registration to perform Hajj for pilgrims from inside Saudi Arabia can only be done through its website (Haj.Gov.Sa) and via the Nusuk app.

For pilgrims from Europe, the Americas, and Australia, the Ministry said that the Hajj reservations can be done only via dedicated official platforms.

It is noteworthy that this is the first time Saudi Arabia would be welcoming pilgrims in large numbers i.e around 2.3m after the pandemic restrictions have been lifted. Around one million people joined the 2022 Hajj season and only those in age bracket 18 to 65 who were fully vaccinated or immunized against the virus and did not suffer from chronic diseases were allowed to visit the kingdom.

A record-breaking 14,000 staff members, as well as over 8,000 volunteers, will be engaged on the ground to help millions of pilgrims who are landing in the kingdom to take part in Hajj this year.

“The operational plan for this year’s Hajj season is the largest in the history of the presidency, after the end of the corona pandemic and the announcement of the return of Hajj pilgrims in the millions, as per an integrated system of services prepared by the wise leadership,” President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Dr. Abdulrahman al-Sudais said in a statement.

The General Presidency is set to allocate a staggering 40 million liters of Zamzam water in the Two Holy Mosques, catering to the needs of pilgrims through a vast network of over 30,000 distribution points.

With a daily target of at least two million bottles, this initiative aims to ensure that pilgrims have access to water considered sacred.

Leveraging the power of digital technology and artificial intelligence, cutting-edge robots will be employed at the holy sites to elevate the overall experience for worshippers, creating a seamless and enhanced environment for spiritual devotion.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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